MacNN | Apple, Google said to consider patent arbitration
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Apple, Google said to consider patent arbitration
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 6:10pm

Talks are underway between Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility to resolve disputes over critical smartphone technology patents, according to a court filing. Reports hold that the two companies have been exchanging proposals on binding arbitration that would bring a licensing agreement for standards-essential patents, one that could lead to a general settlement of all of their patent disputes worldwide. Analysts say that, depending on the size and scope of the agreement, the negotiations could result in greater protection for the many licensees of Google's Android platform.



Recent months have seen rumors that executives at the two companies were conducting talks to resolve their ongoing patent issues. Executives at both companies have previously expressed a desire to resolve the patent conflict so that both may focus more product innovation and less on litigation. Bloomberg reports that the patent talks were revealed in a court filing from Apple, one in which the iPad maker acknowledged that it was interested in resolving its dispute with Motorola "completely." Motorola Mobility, for its part, first raised the issue of arbitration on November 5, when a federal judge threw out a case in which Apple claimed Motorola was misusing its standards-essential patents to extract unreasonable royalties. Google representatives maintain that the company wishes to resolve its patent issues with Apple and looks forward to building "constructive dialogue" between the two companies.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Dropbox buys out Loom photo storage/organization service - 1:55 PM EST
  • Briefly: Chromecast gains MLB.TV broadcasts, live YouTube - 1:41 PM EST
  • Briefly: RunKeeper's new Breeze app, Beamer 2.0 - 1:24 PM EST
  • Apple online store begins carrying refurbished Retina iPad minis - 12:24 PM EST
  • Sonos plans software update to make speaker system completely wireless - 11:50 AM EST
  • New Apple retail chief Ahrendts may not join until June - 11:13 AM EST
  • Apple to mark Earth Day 2014 at retail and on campus - 10:40 AM EST
  • Apple readies iOS 7.1.1, accelerates iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 testing - 9:54 AM EST
  • BBC iPlayer, Sky Go, Now TV iOS apps suddenly failing to stream video - 9:26 AM EST
  • Eyefi launches cloud storage service for Mobi Wi-Fi memory cards - 7:17 AM EST
  • Macworld gems: The Roost MacBook stand, iMacompanion USB port - 1:23 AM EST
  • Briefly: Text expander Typinator 5.9, PDFpen 6.2 released - 12:27 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • Issues with XP Microsoft Security Essentials causing crashes, slowness - 2:17 PM EST
  • Google aims for January launch of Project Ara, organizes $100K contest - 9:51 AM EST
  • Nokia issues warning over faulty Lumia 2520 charger in Europe - 8:30 AM EST
  • Samsung, Amazon launch Kindle for Samsung app with free ebooks - 6:40 AM EST
  • Briefly: Frontback selfie app for Android, Bing's personalized cards - 11:27 PM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.