Mobile patent wars: Google goes on the attack
Posted Aug 23, 2012 1:41 UTC (Thu) by rahvin
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It doesn't seem that way to me.
I can see how you read a difference in opinion in what I wrote (I was exhausted when I wrote it), but I actually feel the same way. I was simply trying to use softer language and focus on the fact that the protection racket (your term) that is FRAND breached the patent truce that existed to keep small players out of the market while not materially harming the major players.
It's that breach that's ultimately either going to destroy the entire market (and run the risk of political change to the patent system) or result in a reestablishment of the protection racket with apple participating in the protection racket. But that will only work when Apple is willing to put their patents into the FRAND pools. I've always had the impression that Apple would be more willing to burn the entire mobile market to the ground rather than give up the lawsuits to try to slow Android's momentum.
I'll also note that this is the argument that Google made in one of their more recent filings in the Apple trial, essentially that if Apple is allowed to license FRAND patents but not put theirs in the pool the pools will go away and its going to be a very bloody patent fight for everyone involved. Essentially if Apple can license but not contribute FRAND goes away because no one will contribute to the pool because Apple can unfairly use the pools against those that contribute.
People might not be aware but MS has already purchased a license to these Apple patents (probably to help fund Apple's attack on Android).
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