I haven't seen anything suggesting this was never offered, and have you seen some of the people Apple has sued over their own patents? I'm trying to remember the name of that one in Spain that won against Apple and is now suing them over the previous injunction.
These sound like FRAND patents, since they are essential to the GPRS standard. I'm a bit surprised the court didn't just order monetary damages, but German courts seem to have one weapon only (product bans). Apple isn't being hit in pre-market trading, so I'm guessing that the two sides will just settle this.
I get the feeling that some of the recent lawsuits are more these companies trying to go on the offensive early rather than wait for Apple to sue them over one thing or another.
To those of you wondering about the FRAND issue, you really need to read the link to the FOSS blog. It does a pretty good job of covering that issue. What I am unclear on is whether Apple did or did not actually pay Motorola FRAND licenses. At one point is says that Motorola contacted Apple about paying in 2007. Then at another point it states that Apple made an offer to pay for them. Then at one point is mentions that Motorola's legal counsel argued that the FRAND doesn't apply because Apple retained the rights to try and prove the patent in question invalid, which makes it sound like they paid for the FRAND but are trying to invalidate the patent in question.
Thanks, I'm going to read that now.
So, Motorola refuses to license a FRAND patent.. and they get an injunction? Un.. fucking... believable
Let's see what happens when Apple products are actually banned in Germany/Europe. The public uproar is going to be deafening
I look forward to Motorola and their 20K employees to be integrated into Google. It will be fun to see that anchor take down the ship
The idiotic forum rage is completely unnecessary. You're going off too few details here.
Most of this garbage could probably be settled with cross licensing terms without tying up court systems in several countries.
Apple approached Motorola years ago about licensing the patents on FRAND terms. Motorola Mobility decided to play hardball.
Apple is more than happy to settle out of court. Nokia is a good example. Nokia has far more patents than Motorola Mobility and has done more to develop mobile communications standards than anyone else. They had a brief war of words, but then later came to an amicable settlement.
This is just completely biased. Wasn't it more than two years of crap followed by a one time settlement?