Apple to Motorola: your patents are worth $1 per iPhone to us

Apple to Motorola: your patents are worth  per iPhone to us

Apple and Motorola recently came to a rare agreement on patents in the German courts for Apple to pay a set per-device fee to license a bunch of “standard-essential” Motorola-held patents from the Google-owned company.

What that fee is, however, has not yet been settled. But in a separate US case, Apple has just revealed what it considers the maximum it is willing to pay Motorola to use its intellectual property: $1 per iPhone.

FOSS Patents reveals that ahead of a case next week in Wisconsin to try and find a set fee both sides are happy with for Apple to use Moto's patents without legal dispute, Apple has openly declared it will only accept such a deal if the total per-unit royalty doesn't exceed $1.

As long as that's the case, Apple will agree to the court-set FRAND rate (Fair, Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory) on the spot.

If it's more than that, Apple says it will appeal the decision and we'll be in for the usual exhaustive legal to and fro before a single dollar is handed over. Well, except to the lawyers.

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CTPAHHIK  Nov. 1, 2012 at 09:36

Hmm, this is new. Usually patent is based on % of the item value, fixed price is rather uncommon. Charge Apple 1% from every device sold. :p

Amin  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:03


austin26  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:34

Please Please Please Google / Moto, tell Apple where to sticj their 1%!

Now is the time to strike back! Apple should not be allowed to dictate patent law!

drunken_prozac  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:36

I'm guessing this is the 3G patent. If I were Motorola/Google I would say "give us $20 per iPhone or we will get you to disable 3G on all your devices" :o)

Amin  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:39

and 4g!!!!

Amin  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:39

how can the radio that makes the item a PHONE!!!!! be worth 1$

Pondlife  Nov. 1, 2012 at 10:49

That's the way frand works..

That said I think they are trying it on to ask for it so low.


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