Sources: Microsoft, Reuters
quote: The "fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory" (FRAND) patent rules govern essential standards patents. FRAND patents are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, if your company's patent is accepted as a FRAND patent, it becomes an industry standard, guaranteeing you licensing fees from competitors. On the other hand putting research towards FRAND patents weakens a firm's both offensive and defensive legal capabilities.
quote: The reason they are vulnerable is because companies like Motorola and Samsung built their IP portfolios in an industry with a low rate of product differentiation and where earning income from license fees was seen as a viable and attractive business strategy in itself. Earning license fees is made more lucrative by being adopted as FRAND as many more companies will adopt your patent safe in the knowledge that being dependent on a competitors licensed technology will not be used against them (until now that is). Google's IP weakness stems from a general laxness about IP prevalent in the company, until too late in the game Google treated IP as something to not be taken too seriously and was not something Google respected or abided by much. To Google for a long time IP was old fashioned and irrelevant and was in it's way. Google were cavalier about how they cascaded legal exposure to Android adoptees.
quote: As for Apple, I give them that they were insightful in realizing multi-touch was the wave of the future, but otherwise their product is essentially an LCD brick with the same old ARM chip and wrapped in a shiny metal case.
quote: but Google has almost completely failed to make a successful business of Android
quote: the scale and maturity of the iTunes store and it's customer base
quote: verybody and everything was disrupted by the iPhone
quote: Google/Android have made a valiant effort to keep up (sometimes pulling ahead in limited ways but generally lagging behind a bit)
quote: Google has almost completely failed to make a successful business of Android.
quote: In North America, iOS' share of mobile ad impressions grew a full 12.1 points between October and January, according to mobile advertiser InMobi. Traffic from iOS devices hit 35.3 percent in January, as compared to 32.7 percent for Android, and 11.6 percent for BlackBerry. Android in fact slipped 3.2 points between October and January, allowing iOS to seize leadership.
quote: My point about Apple's product differentiation is not to claim that they do or don't succeed in achieving that, merely that it is Apple's strategy to strive for product differentiation and therefore that strategy has profound implications for their IP strategy
quote: therefore that strategy has profound implications for their IP strategy.
quote: To be fair I think Apple is still narrowly the premium app supplier, though Android has almost closed this gap.
quote: What moto is doing here can be simply called "bait and switch." They agree to FRAND and let standards (like H264) use their patent. Now that the standard is set in stone, forget FRAND and charge insane $$$.