Florian Mueller's update
on the patent battles
between Apple, Motorola, and Samsung has a clear
slant, but it is still a worthwhile look at how the mobile patent wars may
be settled. There is little cheer for the free software world here.
"They hope that the disruptive impact of such injunctions on Apple's
business will force Apple to grant them a license to all of its
non-standards-related patents (such as its multitouch inventions) as part
of a broader settlement. In other words, they want to use FRAND patents to
reach a state of 'mutually assured destruction', in which the notion of
intellectual property would become meaningless between large players that
have a critical mass of patents (it would merely serve to exclude new
entrants without large patent portfolios).
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