European Union moves to end smartphone patent wars

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Charbax2 wrote:

Does the EU thus proclaim Android to be 100% free and open source? WITH ZERO patents needed to be paid to neither Apple nor Microsoft? With ZERO possibility for Apple and Microsoft to block Android dominating all sales in the EU?

Apr 29, 2014 8:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gprovidakes wrote:

The article fails to make clear that the ruling is on patents used in international standards like cellphone networks, not other patents. For example trying to get excessive leverage with a standard essential patent, SEP, is not acceptable, but non-SEPs that can be worked around or simply not used remain fully and legally in contention as Apple suits against SAMSUNG reflect. Note, this does not necessarily mean Apple patents are sound that is something the courts will sort out, but if sound then Apple does have the right it demand injunction and restrict their use by competitors.

Apr 29, 2014 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loothor wrote:

How about addressing the actual problem instead of just saying “Come on guys, quit being jerks.”

The current system of patent law is ridiculously stupid, serving little purpose other than to enrich lawyers and enable large companies to completely squash competition at the expense of consumers.

Apr 29, 2014 2:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Beet0188 wrote:

Why does the EU single out Motorola, when Apple is the aggressor in most patent suits. The article is written as if Apple is the only one with patents (valid or not) and the “inventor” of the cell phone. Apple was late in the game with mobile phones by years, and copied many ideas from other companies…some say they stole ideas vs. copied.

Apr 29, 2014 3:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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