Finally, it would appear that Apple is solving its problems peacefully, instead of demanding billions of dollars from other companies from within a courtroom (which, by the way, is the equivalent of ‘telling the teacher’). In the deal, Apple has taken responsibility for damages in relation to Motorola’s cellular standard-essential patents. When this deal will take effect is unknown, with both parties refusing to reveal royalty rates in the paperwork.
Florian Mueller explained:
In a filing made late on Monday (August 27, 2012) with the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, the Google subsidiary 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 news is really quite surprising, considering Apple’s huge courtroom win over Samsung just a few days ago. But it could spark a ceasefire between Google (Android) and Apple (iOS), as Motorola is a subsidiary of Google, which is great news, because if this childish war doesn’t end, then the losses to both sides could be catastrophic.
Via: Cult of Mac