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Motorola Trying to Nail Apple by Slapping Patent License Fees

By February 6, 2012

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I had brought you a feature, some days back, on one more raging mobile patent lawsuit between Apple and Motorola, with the former accusing the latter of infringement of its patents. But now, Motorola seems to have turned the tables on Apple.

Motorola is now trying to get Apple to pay 2.25 percent of its iPhone business in exchange for its own licensing patents, which the company claims that Apple uses.

Just imagine how much Motorola stands to gain if it wins this lawsuit. Each unit of iPhone Sales could earn Motorola about $20 on an average. That, multiplied by the number of iPhone units sold every year, would yield a pretty staggering sum of money.

Needless to say, Apple is not one to give up easily and is getting ready to fight to the finish. The company has stated that Motorola is being downright unreasonable with its demands and that it will continue the battle till it wins this case.


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  • Comments

    February 9, 2012 at 3:32 am
    (1) Eric Ruck says:

    It was naive of Apple to believe they could wield the patent hammer when they were very much a latecomer to the party. I would expect Moto, Nokia, Microsoft, RIM and whoever is holding remaining bits and pieces of Palm would have a lot of the IP sewed up. Apple pretty well started the patent battle, they better be prepared to live with the outcome.

    February 9, 2012 at 3:34 am
    (2) mobiledevices says:

    Very true, Eric. I absolutely agree. Nowadays there are more mobile lawsuits happening than mobile devices! :)

    February 9, 2012 at 9:37 am
    (3) Sun says:

    The focus solely on patent infringement can put innovation in the back seat. Although, not the case with Apple so far.
    Pure competition only gives the consumer the best products at competitive prices.
    Motorola Mobility clearly has not been a good business model, and Google’s purchase seemed to be for patent protection more-so than getting into the hardware vertical.
    Let’s hope the distraction of patent lawsuits doesn’t allow for companies building moats of Complacency.

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