Google Loses Their Leverage As Motorola And Apple Reach Licensing Deal In Germany

Google Loses Their Leverage As Motorola And Apple Reach Licensing Deal In Germany

While Samsung has been battling with Apple in the U.S., Motorola has been trying to win a few court cases of their own against Apple over in Germany. The two sides have mostly been arguing over some standard-essential patents that Apple needs for the iPhone to work.

Until now, Motorola has refused to license the patents to Apple at a fair price, but a recent court filing shows that Motorola has declared a ceasefire and will now license some, if not all, of their standard-essential patents to Apple.

“[Motorola Mobility] has now confirmed the recent conclusion of a standard-essential patent license agreement with Apple. Under the agreement, Apple is now licensed to use some if not all of Motorola’s standard-essential patents in Germany, though the parties have not yet agreed on a FRAND royalty rate, which will ultimately have to be set by German courts unless they agree on a rate prior to its judicial determination.

This is a very significant development because it means that Motorola Mobility will have to rely on non-standard-essential patents in its efforts to gain leverage over Apple.”

Motorola is owned by Google and has been fighting a proxy war for Google against Apple in the court system. The only thing that Google can do now to hurt Apple with the patents is to push for the highest royalty rate possible.

Motorola can push for the 2.25% rate they’ve been demanding for a while now, but that’s unlikely to happen when the courts determine the rate at the conclusion of the case at the end of August.

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  • ddevito

    It’s called progress, and perhaps this can all be an ugly memory in a few years.

    Until then, let the flame war continue perhaps.

    Google has moved on, versions 4.0 and 4.1 look NOTHING like iOS and have its unique and distinct features

  • ddevito
    It’s called progress, and perhaps this can all be an ugly memory in a few years.

    Until then, let the flame war continue perhaps.

    Google has moved on, versions 4.0 and 4.1 look NOTHING like iOS and have its unique and distinct features

    So you admit early versions of Android were ios knock offs. Why do you keep coming to an Apple forums when your beloved samsuck got pounded? Inferiority complex maybe? Little man trolling sites to make yourself feel big?

    What a sad little, bitter, unintelligent troll you are. Hope you’re enjoying your iPhone clone. You now have 1 billion reasons to like it even more now.

    Android never looked like iOS you stupid sheep – go back to the meadow

  • jamz82277

    Why do you keep coming to an Apple forums when your beloved samsuck got pounded? Inferiority complex maybe?

    You must not have seen the jury foreman completely screwing Apple’s chances of winning the inevitable appeal by Samsung. The guy couldn’t understand the concept of prior art… And he swayed half the jury with his effective “understanding” of what prior art was… Since the software wouldn’t run on Apple’s hardware, it wasn’t prior art? LMAO! He just cost Apple that billion dollars they won! Ahahahahahaha!

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