Apple and Motorola are currently engaged in a number of different lawsuits, and now Apple has filed an antitrust complaint against Motorola with the European regulators.
The news comes just after the acquisition of Motorola by Google was approved by the European Commission, and Apple is alleging that Motorola is in breach of its commitments to FRAND, which is the fair licensing of patents between companies.
The patents in question are the ones that Motorola is currently suing Apple for, and Motorola are attempting to make Apple pay 2.5 percent of sales from devices which use the patents, this includes the iPhone and the 3G iPad.
On February 17, 2012, the Company received a letter from the European Commission, Competition Directorate-General, (the ‘Commission’) notifying it that the Commission has received a complaint against Motorola Mobility, Inc. (‘MMI’) by Apple, Inc. (‘Apple’) regarding the enforcement of MMI’s standards-essential patents against Apple allegedly in breach of MMI’s FRAND commitments. Apple’s complaint seeks the Commission’s intervention with respect to standards-essential patents.
If the European Commission finds that Motorola has licensed these patents on different terms to other companies, namely Android manufacturers than the terms it is offering to Apple it could spell trouble for both Motorola and Google.
Source Foss Patents
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