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Apple settles with Motorola, will work with Google on patent reform

  • Apple (AAPL) and Motorola Mobility (GOOG) have agreed to settle all outstanding litigation between the companies in a deal that (notably) doesn't feature a patent cross-license. Apple and Google have also "agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."
  • The settlement comes ahead of the $2.91B sale of Motorola Mobility by Google to Lenovo (LNVGY). Google has said it'll retail most of Motorola's sizable patent portfolio.
  • Apple settled its legal battle with HTC in 2012. That agreement included a cross-licensing deal with undisclosed terms.
  • Is Samsung (SSNLF) next? Apple's legal victories against Samsung haven't made a large dent in Samsung's balance sheet, nor done much to affect Samsung's Android phone sales. Apple and Samsung execs held mediated talks in February, and also reportedly discussed a settlement last year.
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  • David at Imperial Beach
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    Apple would be well-advised to settle. It looks really stupid for a supposedly innovative company to be arguing in court before sane adults that they "own" a "design" consisting of a rectangular shape with rounded corners. Let us hope and pray that sanity will prevail for once.
    16 May, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • HuFlungDung
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    David:

     

    So you are perfectly fine if Samsung and other companies stole Apple's intellectual properties, right?

     

    So Samsung and all other competitors need no R&D or marketing, other than simply the ability to copy what Apple makes. That would be just a fraction of what it costs Apple to create new products.

     

    You see nothing wrong with that at all, right?

     

    Get real.
    16 May, 11:08 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    "So Samsung and all other competitors need no R&D or marketing, other than simply the ability to copy what Apple makes"

     

    Apple invented the first tablet and MP3 player?
    16 May, 11:11 PM Reply Like
  • JudSpencer
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    The first ones that ordinary people wanted to buy and use, yes.
    17 May, 01:51 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    "So you are perfectly fine if Samsung and other companies stole Apple's intellectual properties, right?"

     

    Please explain the patent law. This confusion reflects the USA hegemony.

     

    The trials are reflective of the OJ trial in Simi Valley!
    17 May, 06:43 AM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    We are all doomed! Ignorance seems to be the human condition! I am soooo disappointed...

     

    2 years before the first Apple iPhone was 2005. According to MB, there were already 2,000,000,000 smartphones globally (ha-ha-ha-ho-ho-ho). In truth, BB ruled the feature phone market and smart phones were unknown outside Apple. Miniature keys covered the front face of feature phones (the more the merrier it seemed). LCD character cell screens displayed simple font text, just text (hence emoticons were popular).

     

    At the time of the first Apple iPhone in 2007, the response of ALL MOBILE PHONE OEMs and Microsoft was predictably completely negative and dismissive. "The Apple iPhone was a mistake and would fail misurably" (e.g., Ballmer). Even Steve Jobs publicly stated that Apple's objective was a paltry 2 percent of the feature phone market.

     

    Of course today, those same mobile phone OEMs really want to bury that history and claim Apple cannot innovate, others invented the smartphone, their lines of smartphones are superior. Every year, Samsung, Microsoft, and Intel each spend well over 1 billion US dollars on PR for propaganda.

     

    Now, SA readers know who was right and who was wrong and who ripped off Apple only after they could not ruin Apple's iPhone market. Ignorance is a sure way to erode your investment capital.
    17 May, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • mirageseeker
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    Samsung is such a copy cat, I saw a phone power adapter made for Samsung that's exactly the same as iPhone's. I see Google as an innovative rival and partner that Apple can work together with to make great products together and make both parties lives a lot easier. What does Apple really gain by settling with the copy cat?
    16 May, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
    , contributor
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    Well, all so-called 'innovations' are not equal...

     

    Foss Patents:

     

    "In 49 months of holy war, Apple has not proved that it owns any feature other than rubber-banding"

     

    http://bit.ly/1lKCNwp

     

    Apple innovation, at least at the level of owning enforceable patented innovations v. Android is a myth.

     

    On the other hand, just as an example of true enforceable innovation, Apple signed a patent licensing deal w/ Nokia in 2011 paying Nokia a ~$500M one time compensation and annual licensing fees...
    http://nokia.ly/1lKCO3n
    16 May, 10:23 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    "Samsung is such a copy cat, I saw a phone power adapter made for Samsung that's exactly the same as iPhone's. I see Google as an innovative rival and partner that Apple can work together with to make great products together and make both parties lives a lot easier. "

     

    Except that what AAPL argued against in court against Samsung was software more than hardware, and that software was created by GOOG.
    16 May, 11:11 PM Reply Like
  • chabig
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    It doesn't matter who wrote the software. A patent makes it illegal for anyone, including Samsung, to sell it.
    17 May, 01:38 AM Reply Like
  • Davidoff
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    Seppo,

     

    What a pity that Nokia wasn't able to make any cash with its own patents and innovations by integrating them into their own hardware... What can I say, there will always be labour nerds like Wosniak who will invent brilliant but completely useless technologies and one out of one billion geniuses like Jobs who will know exactly how to use these nerds and their inventions and make billions out of them. I have much more respect for Samsung who steals technologies to make cash, rather than for Nokia, who spends billions in R&D, invent amazing stuff and aren't even able to monetize it. How many 40mp Lumias did they sell already?
    17 May, 03:23 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    I read that Apple copied Sony's designs (and also LG Prada which had already come out).

     

    Which Koh threw out in the initial trial (citing that evidence was too late).
    17 May, 06:46 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    @David You seem to have forgotten that Nokia dominated mobile phone markets way longer and more dominantly than Apple has...so thank you for your compliment.

     

    And yes, eventually Nokia failed in commercialization and catching the next wave, but luckily Apple will be immune to failing...
    17 May, 08:25 AM Reply Like
  • Drive23
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    You do realize that in your world there is no innovation.
    17 May, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Whose world?
    17 May, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
    , contributor
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    Finally looks like the short order cook realizes that he's been led up the garden path by trial lawyers who want never ending hourly fees...took him long enough...even longer than it took him to cook up a slightly larger phone than the current matchbox sized phone...
    16 May, 11:11 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Waste of talent and resources imo. Only ones getting rich off this are the lawyers.
    16 May, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
    , contributor
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    The lawyers are employed by Samsung Elect. and Apple's staff attorneys, what else would they be doing in the office.
    17 May, 06:47 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Apple was sued 59 times in the U.S. for patent infringement in 2013, the most of any company, according to data from Lex Machina that was charted by Statista. Amazon.comAMZN +0.85% was No. 2, facing 50 suits last year. The data exclude declaratory judgments, which are decisions sought by those looking for court direction in the earlier stages of litigation.

     

    Plaintiffs filed 6,092 patent cases in U.S. courts in 2013, more than doubling over the past five years, Lex Machina said. Trials were held in 128 of the cases. The top 10 of companies facing new U.S. suits is a who’s who of the global tech community, with Google, Dell, Samsung, Microsoft in the list.
    http://on.wsj.com/1joMGB4
    17 May, 08:30 AM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    Is this a pipe dream? = if AAPL staff lawyers (+others) would be paid more for idle time than busy time, watch the litigation machine slow down.

     

    Like something similar in the medical field.

     

    If memory serves I heard of doctors being paid when their patients don't get sick = which I understand is/was a success.

     

    Then there is always arbitration!
    17 May, 09:14 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
    , contributor
    Comments (1953) | Send Message
     
    Good read, by Foss Patents:

     

    "Apple, Google dismiss patent suits against each other, settle from position of mutual weakness"

     

    http://bit.ly/1mFYgYv
    17 May, 06:12 PM Reply Like
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