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.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Samsung Pushes Security Update to Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung recently seeded a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The update applies the June security patches from Google, stabilizes memory card performance, and adjusts some user interface elements of Bixby.
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.