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Apple complains to EC over Motorola’s patent tactics

Apple complains to EC over Motorola’s patent tactics

Apple has complained to the EU’s antitrust authorities about Motorola Mobility’s tactics in enforcing patents it holds that are essential to building standards-based mobile devices.

Apple has complained to the European Commission that Motorola is enforcing its standards-essential patents in breach of its FRAND commitments. Image credit: James Martin/CNET News
Motorola revealed the complaint on Friday in a US regulatory filing, and the European Commission said on Monday it plans to examine it carefully.
“On 17 February, 2012, Motorola received a letter from the European Commission, Competition Directorate-General… notifying it that the Commission has received a complaint against Motorola Mobility… by Apple,” Motorola said in the 10-K filing.
According to the document, Apple is accusing Motorola of enforcing its standards-essential patents against Apple in a way that is “allegedly in breach of MMI’s FRAND commitments”. There is no further detail on the complaint in Motorola’s filing, but it will almost certainly be related to the mobile patent dispute between the two companies.
Motorola, which has been in the mobile game more or less since the industry was born, has thousands of patents that are essential to cellular technologies such as 3G.
Such patents are usually licensed under what are known as fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. These conditions ensure that the patent holder cannot charge an excessive amount for licensing the patents, and must charge all its rivals the same royalty fee.

Read More/Source: ZDNet

Thanks to Hardwareheavens’s Member sahara_mafia for the Information.

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