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Legal "The European Commission has accused Motorola Mobility of abusing its standard-essential patents against Apple in Germany. The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to the company over a misuse of its GPRS patents, which has seen Motorola pursue injunctions against Apple products instead of properly licensing the technology."
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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by leos on Wed 8th May 2013 06:08 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Google naturally seeing this as an aggression, fights back with FRAND patents (which I agree aren't suitable for that really).


And that's exactly what the EU is saying. Trying to use FRAND patents for this is abusing the whole purpose of FRAND and undermining a key support for healthy competition.

All Google can be accused for is using the wrong tool to fight the aggressor.


In other words, EXACTLY what the EU is telling them.

But not for the fact of fighting back.


You seem to be trying to apply some sort of morality to the actions of these companies. This is just business between mega-corps. The idea that it matters whether something is fair is pretty naive. I always think it's funny that people actually fall for Google's marketing message that they're somehow different and more ethical than any other publicly traded company.

Edited 2013-05-08 06:09 UTC

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RE[8]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 8th May 2013 06:20 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

How really ethical they are is hard to say, but we can evaluate their actions. MS pride themselves as an experienced racketeer. They announce each new patent extortion success with fanfare. Google is not known for using patent aggression. I'd say that Motorola case only makes their reputation worse (though it is still a defense).

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RE[9]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Wed 8th May 2013 12:07 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Google pulling EAS Calendar Sync, telling Microsoft to use CalDAV, then pulling CalDAV support in favor of their own proprietary API.

Ethical? Moral?

Google pulling EAS push e-mail, telling people to use IMAP (which has no push e-mail alternative) while they themselves use a proprietary API on Android and iOS.

Ethical? Moral?

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