Apple wants patent rule changes as legal battles backfire

Apple is seeking changes to rules regarding how patents relating to crucial technology are dealt with as the company suffers from several patent disputes backfiring.

Apple is seeking changes to rules regarding how patents relating to crucial technology are dealt with as the company suffers from several patent disputes backfiring.

 
The Cupertino, California-based company wants greater consistency and transparency in the application of rules relating to vital technology patent licenses.
 
These kinds of licenses, which are intended to be shared on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (Frand) terms, include some that Samsung and Motorola have sued Apple over.
 
Apple appears to be trying to undermine the lawsuits launched by rival firms using Google's Android operating system by suggesting they are breaching agreements they made to licensing technology to rivals in the interest of competition. The European Commission is already investigating Samsung over this, but Apple did not make a formal complaint in that case.
 
 Apple wants patent rule changes as legal battles backfire
 
Apple's proposals are that companies should only be able to claim an appropriate royalty rate, regardless of the place in the negotiation process. The costs should be determined as a percentage of the cost of components rather than the device as a whole, a policy which would particularly benefit Apple, given its high product costs. 
 
Finally, it wants patent owners to agree not to seek injunctions that will ban the sale of products using a Frand patent. This is an incredibly biased proposal, as it would ensure Apple products remain on sale, while Apple's non-Frand patents keep rival products off the shelves.
 
Apple appeared to be okay with how patents worked when it launched its widespread patent claims against Samsung, HTC, Motorola and others in several countries around the world. When those companies fought back, however, and particularly when Motorola secured a sales ban of many of Apple's products, now it seems to think there's problems with the system.
 
Source: BBC