Apple and Motorola held cross-licensing talks in late 2011

Apple and Motorola held cross-licensing talks in late 2011
We reported previously that Apple was rumored to have engaged in patent-licensing discussions with Motorola and Samsung, and now Reuters is confirming that Motorola and Apple held discussions to cross-license patents with one another in late 2011.

The negotiation was revealed Friday, as the EU published documents it had gathered as part of their regulatory review of Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility; the EU approved the merger last month, saying that while they had some reservations about the ongoing patent lawsuits, they didn’t feel that Google’s purchase of Motorola would have a substantial impact on legal proceedings.

Part of the negotiation between Motorola and Google is reported to have involved the scope of any potential agreement. This makes sense – with Google buying Motorola, Apple doesn’t want to license their patents to Motorola just to have Google turn around and be able to grant them to all Android OEMs. Or perhaps more accurately, Apple wants to make sure that if Google is able to do so that Apple is charging a sufficient amount to justify it.

Regardless, we welcome this change in tact by Apple, and look forward to a day when the top mobile electronics companies are putting all of their efforts into new and innovative devices, rather than suing one another into oblivion.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Let there be peace!

9. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Thats right! See? I told you Tim Cook is a good guy! Micheal was right!

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I love that picture! Who is the man in this relationship. I am taking it that Motorola is the man & Apple is the woman.....right?

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I think moto is the woman. remember is Google's biatch

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know gallitoking that's funny. lol I was just saying that Motorola might be the man because they were there first, compared to Apple. You know like Adam & Eve!

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that will make the lawyers. the snake

8. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

no i think the man is Apple and the wonam is you.. remember you are Apple's biatch..

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

APPLE SHOULD STOP HATING AND BE MORE CARING. but that would never happened cause they will keep suing and suing our favorite brands

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That pic It's Nokia Connecting People

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