Apple filed a complaint with the Commission accusing Motorola of turning its back on "fair and reasonable" (FRAND) licensing terms. Licensing deals of patents essential to the industry requires companies' license out their inventions under conditions that do not harm competition, or could be seen as extortionate or too expensive for rival firms. The Commission said in a statement today that "considers at this stage that dominant [standards-essential patent] holders should not have recourse to injunctions, which generally involve a prohibition to sell the product infringing the patent, in order to distort licensing negotiations and impose unjustified licensing terms on patent licensees."Arguing this in breach of European competition and antitrust law, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in prepared remarks.
The protection of intellectual property is a cornerstone of innovation and growth, But so is competition, I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer -- not misusing their intellectual moon climbing iphone case property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice."If Motorola is found to have broken EU antitrust laws, as its parent company, Google could be fined up to 10 percent of Motorola's global annual revenue for infringing years, amounting to as much as $1.3 billion (0.99bn)..
This story originally appeared at ZDNet's Between the Lines under the headline "EU sends Motorola antitrust charges over Apple patent litigation."The smartphone-making division of Google is sent a formal list of complaints by the EU for allegedly abusing its position in the market over recent patent litigation with Apple. The European Commission has sent Motorola, a division of Google, a formal list of complaints over how it conducts its patent litigation and subsequent enforcement. The EU said in a statement today that Motorola had been informed of its allegations -- what is known as a formal "statement of objections" -- claiming that the smartphone maker had abused its market position by seeking and enforcing a patent-related injunction against Apple.
According to Clearwire's board, Sprint's offer is the only legitimate one, The wireless broadband company said Sprint's offer represents "fair, attractive and certain value." The deal represents the culmination of a multiyear review, The board conceded that Clearwire's standalone prospects are shaky, noting the company's inability to secure a second major customer beyond Sprint, Other alternatives, including the selling off excess moon climbing iphone case spectrum or obtaining additional financing are not feasible, the company said..
Still, some Clearwire shareholders have been agitating to look at Dish's higher offer. It's unclear what the status of Dish's offer for Clearwire is. The company has made a $25.5 billion offer for Sprint, although Sprint has already committed to being acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank. Sprint is the majority shareholder in Clearwire. Clearwire shareholders will meet on May 21 to vote on the proposed transaction. A letter to shareholders from the wireless broadband company ignores Dish and says the proposed takeover offer by Sprint provides the best possible value.