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Apple and Motorola Hit it Off in Germany, Agree to Licencing Deal

In a bizarre, yet welcomed change of pace, Apple and Motorola seemed to have come to terms and have struck a licensing deal in the country of Germany. Yesterday, a court filing from Motorola states the two have agreed to license some of the standards-essential patents in question. Even more surprisingly, Apple has agreed to the admission that they are liable for past damages relating to the patents. Wowzers. 

From what is known now, no cash figures have been announced for royalties or a possible payment from Apple. If you’ve been looking for an end to the courtroom drama, this is always a step in the right direction and it may even affect Apple’s licensing deals here in the U.S. as well. Time will tell.

Via: Engadget

Cheers Nick S!

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  • Quick Question.
    In order to rival a patent do you have to be a major company or the person / company that originally invented the idea/ product?
    Because if just any one can rival a patent, why can’t we (as the people) claim Apple’s patents BS and take them to court? Of course there are a lot of fees involved but if you could get the backing of a major company like Google, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc it would be worth it!

  • Vaporware

    And if anyone still had doubts as to why Google purchased Motorola….

  • digitalicecream

    IN Germany! Where Apple’s notification drawer was shutdown by court! Apple wants to un- cripple their devices. Think it would go that way here in the states?

  • steve

    Licensing is spelled wrong in the title

  • SnoDrtRider

    Can we get Licencing (sic) spelled properly (Licensing) in the title at least?

  • MudRacer


  • Anyone notice that licensing is misspelled in the title of the post?

    • JoshGroff

      Now that you mention it, yes.

  • Important point: this isn’t necessarily Apple bowing to pressure.

    Remember, Motorola is under investigation by the EU for alleged patent abuse by suing over standards. The company (and by extension, Google) may have decided that it would be better to settle and collect an actual fair royalty from Apple than keep pushing and risk having to both accept that royalty rate *and* legal sanctions.

    • As I recall Apple has started more suits than any other name in the business in the EU. I think moto is fine.

  • shehippie

    It’s the end of the world as we know it!

  • This is how patent dispute’s are won. By both sides reaching an agreement to benefit themselves and customers. But, mostly themselves.

  • bose301s


  • GET SOME! This party is just getting started!!!

  • Hopefully Apple will recognize the rectangle as a standards-essential patent with Samsung.

  • This is a smart move for Apple. They have the American public on their side with the Samsung case. If a case like that were to spread to other countries or to here and they were to lose, their biggest advantaged gained from the Samsung case would have been lost.

  • Veems

    Impossible. Apple is a company of innovators. They don’t rip ideas off of anyone else. Anyone can see this is obviously caused by the Android-favoring media and court system…

    • shecalledmejay

      it really is hard to read so sarcasm, so I’m not sure if it is or isn’t lol

      • Veems

        Haha it’s sarcasm.

    • michael centeno

      Apple did a good act of deception to the U. S. Market, all the Apple fans are blinded by the truth, apple didn’t invent most of the things they claim.

      • manny

        And Google did? What most upset Steve was the fact at how much android had changed after goggle execs. quit the apple board. And As seen on this site here what the first (unreleased) android phone looked like before and after the iphone. That’s one thing nobody on this site talks about and always forgets. google didn’t invent or create android they bought it and once these execs say ios they jumped ship and decided they knew what they needed to know to make android succesful, but only after seeing ios and knowing with all the rumors and tech sites how much more succesful ios is and was going to be.

        • TheWenger

          Why would they stick to their old style OS when everyone wants a full touch one? Innovation is also improving on existing ideas.

        • dqw

          There was more than one prototype before the i*hone came out one more similar to blackberry and one that was all touch. I would find it for you if I wasn’t driving right now. That’s the beauty of android it doesn’t have a specific form factor.

    • JoshGroff

      The 10 downvotes you currently have clearly don’t grasp sarcasm.

  • Butters619

    This could be a great sign that Apple is willing to work with companies as long as those companies are willing to work with Apple.

    Or this could just be Apple realizing that Moto has Google now and they really don’t want to get into a super long super expensive drawn out legal battle with El Goog….yet…

    • Big_EZ

      They dont care about long drawn out legal battles, and they dont like working woth other companies on license deals. They just hate losing even more and they know thats what will happen if they face moto and googles patent portfolio.

      • Butters619

        That too. But Tim Cook has actually said he is willing to work on cross licensing, where Steve Jobs said absolutely never, so maybe he is actually living up to that.

        Anyway you look at it, it is a good thing.

        • Big_EZ

          Yeah, but they haven’t been willing to with samsung or htc when they tried to work out a deal.

    • chris

      This is more what I’m thinking. Google is gonna be able to bring a lot more into a court for a win.

  • EC8CH

    No one I mean no one should pay to license apple’s pinch to zoom patent.

    That patent should be invalidated and Apple’s lawyers be made to eat it page by page.

    • Butters619

      The parse phone number/email/etc option menu patent should be invalid too. My Treo did that years before the iPhone came out.

      • By both sides reaching an agreement to benefit themselves and customers. But, mostly themselves...Millionaire4Project.blogspot.com

        • Sean

          Do you enjoy ruining everyone else’s day with your damn advertising?

  • They probably know that they wouldn’t win in court against Google/Motorola so they are agreeing to settle

    • manny

      Your wrong, Apple has been trying to get the license for these for maybe 2 years and motorola wanted apple to pay way more than anybody else was paying and i believe a court in germany made Moto drop their demands..

      • ERIC REED

        So you give some information and get down voted???

        • NeedName

          Maybe it was due to the baseless “fact” stated without any supporting source information. . .

          • ERIC REED

            Sounds like ninety nine percent of the post on here. I would say it was more due to him not saying Apple sucks and they do not invent anything.

          • ERIC REED

            “Apple did a good act of deception to the U. S. Market, all the Apple fans are blinded by the truth, apple didn’t invent most of the things they claim.”
            This is a post from above with 7 up votes…Baseless “fact”!!

    • Allen Byrd

      Apple would get totally pimp-slapped by the Goog.