Google Says It Will License Motorola's Patents at Fair Rates
Google today moved to reassure the IEEE and government regulators that it will be reasonable when it comes to licensing Motorola's standard essential patents once Google owns Motorola. When the acquisition is finalized, Google will own some 17,000 patents, many of them centering on wireless technologies such as 3G and H.264. Google said that it "understands that, pursuant to IEEE rules, [Motorola Mobility] is prepared to grant licenses for Essential Patent Claims with a maximum per-unit royalty of 2.25%." Apple has called into question Motorola's patent licensing terms, and believes that the company is not following the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) policy. It has asked the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to set guidelines that determine how companies license patents that are considered "essential" for certain products, including smartphones. This is the same issue that has caused the European Commission to examine how Samsung is using its own patents to fire off litigation at competitors.
Apple Retunes Apple Music for Android Devices
Apple today released Apple Music 2.0 for Android handsets and the app introduces a number of features found on the iOS version. To start, Apple Music for Android drops all elements of Google's Material Design in favor of Apple's app design language.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
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.
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.