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“That’s what Captain Cook (Tim Cook, not James) could tell Apple’s stakeholders (employees, shareholders, customers, partners) in light of what happened in Germany on Friday and might reoccur soon: the temporary removal of products (or, in the future, product and service features) as a result of patent assertions by Android device makers in retaliation for Apple’s IP enforcement,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “He probably won’t make a statement like that, at least not until the going gets rougher and demands for explanations get louder.”

Mueller writes, “As an independent analyst, I analyze court documents and the statements made at court hearings and trials. On this basis, I believe that Apple is absolutely on the right track. At this stage, there’s no indication that Apple stakeholders have to panic. Apple stakeholders should panic only if (I repeat, if) Apple bows to the threat of FRAND abuse and gives up the level of intellectual property protection without which its business model won’t work as well as it currently can.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]