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Apple seeks revised patent rules

Apple seeks revised patent rules

Apple has asked for more clarity over how patents deemed crucial to industry standards should be handled.

The firm wrote a letter to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in November, which has now been reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The iPhone maker called for “more consistent and transparent” application of rules designed to ensure that such intellectual properties were licensed.

Both Samsung and Motorola Mobility have sued Apple over “essential” patents.

The document has since been published in full on the Foss Patents blog.

It centres on what are termed Frand principles – an agreement to license technologies critical to a recognised standard, such as 3G networks or MP3 files, under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Companies that sign up to the rules agree that they cannot discriminate who gets to use their invention so long as they are paid a fee, which cannot be excessive.

Read more/Source: BBC News

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