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.
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 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.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.