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End Smartphone Patent Wars, Says EU

Apple-Samsung trial inspires the move
4/30/2014 10:25 AM EDT
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Pablo Valerio
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Re: Patent wars are good - not bad!
Pablo Valerio   4/30/2014 1:01:49 PM
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@wirelessEng1, patents are good, patent wars are not.

The FRAND terms apply only to the "Essential" patents covering basic tachnology necessary for the smartphones to work, not to specific features such as fingerprint sensons and display technology.

What Motorola and Smasung were doing is using the SEP patents they hold to stop Apple from selling some products in Europe. Those petents were declared essential by the ETSI several years ago, with the agreement of the patent holders.

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Applying parenting skills to patent wars
DrQuine   5/3/2014 6:40:47 PM
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Parents quickly learn that mediating every disagreement between their children is an endless and non-productive activity. Requiring their children to work things out among themselves is a much more sustainable approach. It sounds like perhaps the EU has decided to apply some common sense parenting skills to address the patent squabbling between high technology companies.

Pablo Valerio
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Re: Applying parenting skills to patent wars
Pablo Valerio   5/4/2014 8:43:24 AM
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@Quine, I really like your analogy. In a way the EU is trying to make business happen, and protect innovation.

People collecting IP for the only purpose to give them the possibilty to stop others is not acceptable, but that is the way the game is played.

I always have the feeling that lawyers are the ones promoting these wars and encouraging their customers to get more patents to fight them.

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