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Apple Wants Europe to Set Essential Patent Licensing Terms

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Feb 8, 2012, 8:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple has requested that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) set guidelines that determine how companies license patents that are considered "essential" for certain products, including smartphones. The request, which was submitted in November, notes that patents are not licensed in a consistent manner. "It is apparent that our industry suffers from a lack of consistent adherence to FRAND principles in the cellular standards arena," said Apple in a letter to ETSI. Apple wants the European body to devise a way for technology companies to set appropriate rates for essential patents used industry wide. Apple also believes that FRAND-based patents should not be used to enforce injunctions against competitors. Apple and many other smartphone makers are embroiled in patent-based litigation in courts around the world.

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Feb 8, 2012, 5:34 PM

Typical B.S.

Yet Apple wants to drive everyone out of business just for the sake of doing it... Much darker when you're on the losing side for a change when you are going after a company that has been around longer and has a much stronger patent portfolio than you do. This lawsuit nonsense needs to stop from Apple already if they want these injuctions to be let off against them.
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