Apple’s iterative approach to FRAND abuse is not for the faint of heart, but there’s no better alternative

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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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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


  1. The media would prefer to have Apple let Google and Android have their own way because they’ve decided that Apple already has far too much money and power and nothing good could ever come from that.

  2. I still don’t understand how Craporola and Shamsung can suddenly change the rules on FRAND simply because they now want to use them as a weapon. Isn’t that why FRANDS are FRANDs to begin with, to prevent corporate evil? Not like they can change their minds about it on a whim. The courts should rule all of the FRANDS in question public domain as punishment against both of those decidedly unclassy, corrupt, desperate and unnovative thieving companies.

  3. I don’t care what negative ideas people might end up with, I think Apple should definitely push on through the storm. They have finally proved to the world that they aren’t a niche toy maker and should be respected for their tech “savvyness” and financial(?) success.

  4. Under Jobs, Apple took bold, controversial, and often risky stands in defense of principle. That is part of the Apple character that must be maintained under Cook. I am confident that Cook will successfully meet that challenge.

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