EU Targets Motorola's Use of Essential Patents
The European Commission has opened an investigation into Motorola's patent-licensing practices after receiving complaints from both Apple and Microsoft. Apple and Microsoft allege that Motorola is not adhering to the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) principle for licensing its standards essential patents. European law says that holders of essential patents have to license them at reasonable rates. The Commission will "assess whether Motorola has abusively, and in contravention of commitments it gave to standard setting organizations, used certain of its standard essential patents to distort competition." If Motorola is found guilty by the EU, it could face fines ranging up to 10% of its annual revenue. The EU said it is looking at Motorola's present and past behavior, and for the moment Google, which is in the process of acquiring Motorola, won't be affected.
Skype Now Lets You Dress Up Your Photos with Stickers and Effects
Skype has updated its mobile app with new tools for customizing pictures similar to Instagram and Snapchat. The photo effects include face stickers, captions, celebrity lookalikes, location and weather, and face swaps for adding a dash of whimsy to shared images.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Ericsson Sues Apple Over Telecom Patents
Ericsson today sued Apple in the U.S. and alleges the iPhone maker is violating multiple wireless patents.