Linked by bowkota on Tue 7th May 2013 21:44 UTC
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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This is so wrong
by nej_simon on Wed 8th May 2013 10:04 UTC
nej_simon
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2011-02-11

This pretty much mean that Apple can go to the court and claim that they own rounded corners on smartphones etc. while companies like Motorola, who actully invented and developed the technologies used in smartphones, can't defend themselves.

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RE: This is so wrong
by Nelson on Wed 8th May 2013 11:51 in reply to "This is so wrong"
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2005-11-29

Motorola volunteered those patents to be included in the standard under a stipulation they very well understood at the time. In exchange for being licensed ubiquitously, they must offer licensing on FRAND rates.

This isn't hard, or mean, or anything, this is what Motorola themselves consented to during the formation of the relevant standard.

They don't get to promise to not sue implementors of the standard only to turn around and seek injunctive relief.

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