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Motorola wins Apple patent case in Germany

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 09 Dec 2011 21:23 User comments (4)

Motorola wins Apple patent case in Germany Apple must license patent, and pay for past use.
Motorola complained to German courts that Apple failed to license intellectual property owned by Motorola Mobility. The patent covers a "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system."

Apple said it would immediately appeal the decision; moving fast to stave off any attempt by Motorola Mobility to get sales blocked in the country.

Motorola licenses the patent in question to other firms on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, or Frand for short. The owner of a Frand-type patent is obliged to license it to third-parties since it is considered essential to an industry standard.

Apple had previously indicated it would be willing to pay a Frand-set fee to license the technology, and pay a similar rate for past use, but it tried to retain the right to contest the validity of the patent with a view to past damages, and lost.

Motorola had pushed its right to charge an above-Frand rate for Apple's use of the technology, stemming back four years to the original iPhone.

"We will continue to take all necessary steps to protect our intellectual property, as the company's patent portfolio and licensing agreements with companies both in the US and around the world are critical to our business," said Scott Offer, senior vice-president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility.

"We have been negotiating with Apple and offering them reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007, and will continue our efforts to resolve our global patent dispute as soon as practicable."

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4 user comments

19.12.2011 23:52

Apple doesn't want to pay anyone, they don't believe they should ever have too, even when clearly in the wrong. Good luck Motorola I hope you get what you deserve.

210.12.2011 1:41

Apple's litigious ways are coming back to bite it on the arse.

310.12.2011 1:41

Originally posted by Mysttic:
Apple doesn't want to pay anyone, they don't believe they should ever have too, even when clearly in the wrong. Good luck Motorola I hope you get what you deserve.
To be fair, Apple doesn't think others should have to pay them for their patents; they just think that no one else should be able to sell products that do anything even remotely similar to their patents...oh wait...that is far worse.


410.12.2011 12:31

Idk why there even suing these companies anymore. Android is the dominant OS and will be unless everyone migrates to windows mobile in a few years. There not going to kill android off or ban any company's sales in the US, might as well save the money and invest in better batteries that can support high-end mobile devices and make their OS more customizable without needing to jailbreak.


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