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quote: ...how much money is Apple paying the German government, anyway?
quote: Motorola's pathetic use of FRAND patents in this way, doomed to failure, is an indicator of how weak their legal position is and how poorly they are managed. Hence their slow obliteration in the mobile market.
quote: I think what's upsetting people is that trivial stuff like "swipe to unlock" is the basis for potential product embargoes, but patents regarding technology essential for modern communications are swept aside in court. In a reasonable system, both would be thrown out.While the FRAND thing is "voluntary" in the sense that a company could choose not place their patents under these terms, but those that don't will likely either:A) Not get their standards adopted (i.e. "standardized") orB) Get slapped with lawsuits for monopolistic practices.
quote: but patents regarding technology essential for modern communications are swept aside in court
quote: As for the patent system in general, I think I agree with your first sentence - the trivial 'swipe to unlock' stuff is distorting yours (and others) perspective on this case which has nothing to do with 'swipe to unlock'. I think you are expressing your grievance over an unrelated case and confusing it as having any relation to this case. In my opinion the court did exactly the right thing here, and Motorola can have no complaints whatsoever.
quote: For example a collection of FRAND patents is oft licensed for $0.02 per device. This is very reasonable. It would be also reasonable to allow Apple to sue and potentially win a mandatory licensing settlement of $0.20. (10x premium over FRAND) What I don't see as fair is Apple suing over a relatively minor piece of intellectual property and potentially banning a $200 product. This represents a 10,000x premium versus the FRAND licensing!!!!
quote: It's worth bearing mind that Motorola sued Apple first. I bet they wished they hadn't.
quote: At the same time, stuff that is very obvious (such as a many of Apple's "strong" patents, like swipe to unlock), shouldn't be patentable in the first place. That's where my issue lies.
quote: Stuff always looks obvious once someone has done it and done it successfully
quote: blah, blah, So why should other companies be allowed to copy it without permission?
quote: the mobile patent wars will rumble on for a few more years but they will fade
quote: Because this is how everything has worked in software and science and technology for all of history; it's what Apple DOES, and it's how progress happens. The real question is why shouldn't copying be allowed?
quote: Agreed, but the outcome will have far reaching implications in technology and IP law for decades (essentially all aspects of you and your hypothetical children's lives). So, that outcome is very important, to me, at least.
quote: So I patent the wheel, and sign this FRAND thing, then I am immune to be sued for bogus patents where prior arts were present and all car makers are obliged to pay me?