Apple Attempting to Settle Patent Fights with Licensing Terms
Apple has reached out to several of its smartphone competitors in attempts to settle some of the on-going, patent-based litigation facing the company, reports Dow Jones. Dow Jones's sources say that Apple offered terms, which included settlements in exchange for royalty payments and licensing fees, to Motorola Mobility and Samsung. Apple requested its competitors to pay between $5 and $15 per handset to license some of its patents, says one Nasdaq source, which amounts to 1% to 2.5% of net sales. Last month, Motorola indicated that it wanted 2.5% of device sales in royalty fees from Apple, too. So far, none of Apple's competitors have agreed to Apple's settlement terms. None of the companies involved commented on the Dow Jones story, but it reports that discussions between the players are on-going.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
Nokia and Samsung Settle Patent Licensing Deal
Nokia today said it has reached an agreement with Samsung over the licensing of its wireless patents. The companies have been disputing the value of Nokia's patents since Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft.
Ericsson Sues Apple in Three Countries Over Patent Misuse
Ericsson today stepped up its legal action against Apple with new lawsuits filed in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany. Ericsson asserts Apple is using its wireless technology patents without the proper licenses.
Qualcomm Goes After Apple's Manufacturing Partners
Qualcomm is targeting companies that manufacture Apple products in an attempt to recover royalty payments. Qualcomm sued Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics seeking patent fees.
Apple Sues Qualcomm In China
Apple has filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China where it alleges Qualcomm abused its market position to score higher patent-licensing fees. Apple also said Qualcomm failed to honor its promise to license standard essential patents at fair rates, reports Reuters.
Apple is not settling...
This offer can only be considered an admission of defeat by Apple.
where are you apple in germany?
trying to ban samsung products instead of settle it!
Legal threats. See, apple is not only taking the big guys (Samsung, HTC, Motorola), but also the little guys to court. Little guys cannot afford all the legal tie up and will settle. This gets Apple money.
And, it was Apple's plan...
It's a start
I don't want to comment on which ones should/shouldn't be legal, but I just want this patent war to end so that we can start focusing on what matters which is getting the best product out to the customers.