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.
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.
Apple and Nokia Bury the Patent Hatchet
Apple today said it has settled its patent complaints against Nokia and the two have signed a multi-year patent license. The two corporations sued one another in December of last year concerning licensing fees for Nokia's patents.
LG Agrees to Pay Nokia Royalties, But Rates Not Settled
LG has signed a patent-licensing agreement with Nokia over smartphone technology, but the companies have yet to agree on pricing for the patents. Nokia may have sold its handset business to Microsoft, but it retained many of the related patents for licensing purposes.
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.