Apple Hoping to Settle Motorola Lawsuits Via Arbitration
Apple would prefer to resolve its patent-related legal entanglements with Motorola through arbitration than through courtroom trials. According to paperwork filed by Apple this week, the company believes it can come to an agreement with Motorola (which is owned by Google) regarding its use of standard essential patents. "Apple is also interested in resolving its dispute with Motorola completely and agrees that arbitration may be the best vehicle to resolve the parties' dispute," said Apple. Bloomberg reports that the companies have traded several proposals already, and hope to end all the litigation pending between them worldwide. Apple has accused Motorola of abusing its standard essential patents by not offering them FRAND licensing terms. Apple recently settled patent litigation with HTC, which agreed to license Apple's patents for a 10-year period.
Euro Commission Takes Stand Against Patent Abuse
The European Commission today ruled that Motorola had broken the law by suing Apple over standard essential patents. Apple had agreed to license Motorola's patents, but when the two companies couldn't agree on a price, Apple used the patented technology anyway and was eventually sued by Motorola.
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.
Court Resurrects Apple-Motorola Patent Case
A U.S. appeals court has revived a patent-related lawsuit between Apple and Motorola Mobility.
Apple and Motorola Bury the Patent Hatchet
Apple and Motorola today dismissed all patent litigation between them. The companies told a court overseeing several lawsuits that the claims should be dismissed.