Apple refuza sa licentieze tehnologiile Motorola la un pret mai mare de 1$ pentru fiecare iPhone


  Peste 5 zile in SUA va incepe un proces in care Apple si Motorola sunt puse fata in fata pentru a incheia o intelegere privind licentierea unor tehnologii FRAND. Apple ar trebui sa licentieze de la Motorola tehnologii Wi-Fi sau pentru conexiuni celulare, insa avocatii companiei au afirmat ca nu sunt dispusi sa plateasca mai mult de 1$ pentru licenta fiecarui iPhone. Avocatii companiei spun ca daca licenta nu va depasi 1$ pentru fiecare iPhone, primele plati vor fi facute deja catre Motorola/Google, insa daca instanta stabileste un pret mai mare, atunci avocatii vor epuiza toate caile legale pentru a ataca decizia.

Apple has however been an outspoken leader in the industry on FRAND and has repeatedly urged that a rational and consistent framework for determining FRAND rates for wireless standards-essential portfolios must be set. Apple’s actions in both licensing and litigation have matched its words in public. Because of that, Apple is willing to pay the FRAND rate this Court sets going forward if that rate is less than or equal to $1 per unit for its worldwide sales of covered products, as further discussed below in Section II.D.

  Avocatii celor de la Apple incearca desigur sa manipuleze instanta americana, insa vorbim despre tehnologii FRAND care trebuie sa fie licentiate in termeni rezonabili, adica la un pret foarte mic. Acum ramane de vazut daca Apple va reusi sa isi impuna punctul de vedere si daca va plati catre motorola licentele la pretul dorit, insa cred ca procesul acesta nu se va rezolva chiar atat de usor. Apple plateste catre Nokia licente pentru tehnologii ale iDevice-urilor, Motorola ar putea urma, insa totul depinde de pret.

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 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. The parties have spent an exhausting two years litigating against each other around the world. But if the Court were to set, for example, the rate Motorola is seeking (2.25% of Apple’s covered product revenue), that would amount to billions of dollars per year.