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Apple-MMI Licensing Talks Come to Naught
The EC says Apple told it MMI wanted all of the Apple patents that aren’t standards-essential in exchange for its own SEPs

For some reason that isn't clear, Apple and Motorola Mobility took a shot at negotiating a cross-license that might have covered all the Android OEMs late last year.

So says the European Commission's decision to clear the Google-MMI merger that Bloomberg pointed to Monday.

The 38-page document indicates that Apple demanded what the EC called "carve-outs," and FOSS Patents thinks that means exclusions on any portfolio-wide cross-license so Apple can keep its special distinguishing features to itself.

The EC says Apple told it MMI wanted all of the Apple patents that aren't standards-essential in exchange for its own standards-essential patents (SEPs) and when Apple bridled MMI sued Apple "in an attempt to exclude Apple's products from the market. On the terms of Apple's own argument, Motorola Mobility's allegedly anti-competitive behavior in this regard well precedes the merger at issue in the present decision."

MMI is otherwise asking for 2.25% of the sales of iPhones and iPads for its patents.

See http://ec.europa.eu/competition/mergers/cases/decisions/m6381_20120213_20310_2277480_EN.pdf.

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