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FRAND and patent pools: obvious disconnect
Authored by: hardmath on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 09:26 AM EST

Motorla has an obligation to provide FRAND licensing terms for its standard essential patents. So far, so good. Whether this obligation rises to the existence of a contract seems open to legal dispute, but I am not a lawyer.

What comes next though is a "nobody in here but us chickens" disconnect. Microsoft asks the court to impose a business model for such licenses that relies on patent pool terms.

Hello? Nondiscriminatory and members only patent pools? I don't see why this judge didn't dismiss the case with prejudice ab initio.

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Recursion is the opiate of the mathists.

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Worrisome? Painful is more like it.
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 11:32 PM EST
I agree. It's much like the press coverage of US vs. Microsoft. The problem is
two-fold, I think.

1. People don't understand what is going on and explaining it would make
viewers flip the channel. That's not good for ratings, and that means it's not
good for advertisers.

2. News isn't what it used to be. Half-truths are only helpful when trying to
convince someone of something that they would otherwise know better than to
believe. It's pitiful, and extremely painful to watch at times.

There are very few places we can go these days and get, "Just the facts,
ma'am. Just the facts."

One of the things that I LOVE about Groklaw.

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