Apple files EU complaint against Motorola over FRAND licensing

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 18, 2012

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Another chapter has been added to the story of the battle between Apple and Motorola, which we've seen grow quite a bit as of late. Motorola recently reported that Apple has filed a complaint against it with the European Commission, with the Cupertino firm asking that the Commission look into whether or not Motorola has broken its commitment to offer licenses to its standards-essential patents to Apple under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. Motorola says that it received notification of the complaint from the Commission on February 17th.

Earlier this month, some court documents revealed that in exchange for a patent licensing agreement, Motorola has been seeking 2.25 percent of the sales of Apple products that take advantage of the patents in question. Obviously that demand didn't sit well with Apple, and now Motorola may end up facing a European Commission investigation much like Samsung is involved in. Of course, just because Apple filed a complaint with the EU doesn't guarantee that an investigation will happen, but FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller feels that it's certainly a possibility, likely thanks in part to the fact that Samsung's actions have already put it under the EU's microscope. We'll keep following the situation and pass along more details as we get them. Stay tuned!

Via The Verge, FOSS Patents, Motorola