Apple Files Antitrust Complaint against Motorola Mobility

Apple and Motorola have been in legal disputes in recent some times. The latest report now claims that the Cupertino-based technology giant has filed a complaint with the European Commission related to Motorola’s latest legal actions. Just a month ago, the handset-maker granted an infringement in Germany, forcing a temporary ban on some of the Apple’s products.

Apple, on the other hand, maintains a view that the patents Motorola is stating against it are in fact industry standard and fall under FRAND terms. However, it seems that Motorola doesn’t want to offer Apple a FRAND license and that is why Apple went to European Commission.

A recent SEC filing disclosed that Motorola has received a letter from the European Commission informing them of Apple’s inquiry, said the report. However, the details of the complaint haven’t been disclosed to public at the moment. What we are speculating that it has something to do with the recent injunctions in Germany.

The Cupertino-based tech giant says that its most of the litigations against Samsung and other Android partners are related to software and design, but its legal claims against Motorola are related to patents on hardware which is essential to the function of any smartphone and will be somehow difficult to work around.

It is for this reason the claim from Apple is called FRAND abuse for the reason that under ‘Fair, Reasonable and Non-discriminatory terms, companies holding industry-standard patents should offer reasonable licensing terms on those patents to other companies. The Motorola’s licensing terms offer to Apple, are anything but fair and reasonable.

Apple may have getting its point right this time. European Commission has already initiated its initial antitrust investigations into both Motorola and Samsung because of their litigations related to FRAND patents. In case European Commission intervenes, Motorola will have to renounce its lawsuit against Apple, or in other case lower its licensing fee significantly. Sounds interesting!

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