Monday, 6 May 2013

The European Commission tell Motorola to 'spend their time innovating!'

   Everyone knows by now that Google bought Motorola last year and the main reason at the time which people put forward was that Motorola have a tonne of patents which Google could use to defend Android from the onslaught of lawsuits which companies were facing from Microsoft and Apple in particular. The thing is that Motorola have taken Apple to court in Germany and it seems as though the lawsuit which they filed hasn't gone down very well. Instead, the European Commission is thinking that Motorola are abusing their position by seeking an injunction against Apple over essential mobile phone standards.

   In a 'statement of objections from the Commission Motorola were informed of their viewpoint and that basically they were happy to enforce injunctions against patent infringements, but not where a company was prepared to agree on licensing terms for those patents as Apple was happy to do here.

   The Commission's Jaoquin Almunia said:
"I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer - not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice."

   We'll be sure to let you know where this case heads next and you can read the full statement here!
Via Reuters.


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