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  • Apple Unwilling to Pay Much for Motorola Patent Licenses


    How much is a license to Motorola's patents worth? If you ask Apple, the answer is about $1 per iPhone. Of course, that's not a guess. That's actually Apple's opinion.

    Less than one week before a FRAND contract trial kicks off in the Western District of Wisconsin, Apple has gone on record to state to the court that it is willing to pay Motorola Mobility for a license to its standard-essential wireless patents... but not much.

    Apple, our friends at FOSS Patents reports, will only fork over some cash to the Google-owned subsidiary "if the per-unit royalty does not exceed $1."

    Originally Posted by :
    If the court sets a FRAND rate at or below $1, Apple will take a license and start to pay right away. Otherwise Apple will appeal the decision and exhaust all of its legal options before Google gets anything.
    "Motorola cannot offer evidence at this trial that the rate should be higher than $1 per phone, but to the extent the Court sets the rate higher than $1 per unit, Apple reserves the right to exhaust all appeals," the latest Apple's filing states, "and needs also to reserve the right available to any party offered a license: the right to refuse and proceed to further infringement litigation. Make no mistake, that is not an outcome Apple desires."

    Source: FOSS Patents
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Unwilling to Pay Much for Motorola Patent Licenses started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      When I see the word patent nowa days I always think of apple,lol
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      $1 an iPhone doesn't sound like much but if Apple sells a million iPhones then that's a million dollars...
    1. TheAmazingLawzi's Avatar
      TheAmazingLawzi -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      $1 an iPhone doesn't sound like much but if Apple sells a million iPhones then that's a million dollars...
      I'd agree if it was any other set of companies. But to Apple and Google, 1 mill is chump change.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      $1 an iPhone doesn't sound like much but if Apple sells a million iPhones then that's a million dollars...
      Lol! Good math!

      Apple would be paying quite a bit of money even at $1 per iPhone.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      $1 an iPhone doesn't sound like much but if Apple sells a million iPhones then that's a million dollars...
      and theyve sold much much much much much more than that..
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      What is(are) the specific patent(s) in question?
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jj2345 View Post
      When I see the word patent nowa days I always think of apple,lol
      Funny, I also think of Apple immediately when I hear patent.
      Hmmm, wonder why? LOL
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      This is not a matter of how much Apple is willing to pay, it is what FRAND sets the price.
      Apple can act like a child and try not to pay, in the end Apple will have to pay.
      Motorola files a cease and desist order until a settlement can be reached, I bet that would light a fire under Apple.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      FYI... Apple Leaves U.K. Judge at BITCHSLAPPED
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      wow, apple not only sues other companies for having rectangles with rounded corners but apple also wants to dictate to other companies how they are willing to pay to user their patents.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      wow, apple not only sues other companies for having rectangles with rounded corners but apple also wants to dictate to other companies how they are willing to pay to user their patents.
      Why not? Other companies do the same!
    1. chakraj's Avatar
      chakraj -
      I think $50.00 per iPhone ever sold sounds about fair to me.