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Apple Files Complaint Against Motorola With European Union Authority

Motorola has reported in a regulatory filing filed Friday, that Apple has filed a complaint with the European Union’s competition authority. The complaint alleges that Motorola Mobility is violating a pledge to license industry standard patents on fair terms.

Because of Motorola’s years of manufacturing cell phones they hold a treasure trove of patents related to cellular communications. Some of these patents are found in Apple’s iPhone and are at the core (no pun intended) of patent disputes going on in courts around the world between Apple and Motorola.

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Apple feels that Motorola isn’t negotiating patent deals to license these crucial patents fairly. Apple and Motorola have apparently been negotiating these patents since 2007, the year the iPhone was introduced.

Motorola denies any wrong doing when it comes to negotiating these patents. Motorola spokesperson Jennifer Erickson said today:

“MMI has a long-standing practice of licensing our patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and we offered those to Apple,”

Although the complaint was filed in the European Unions competition office, the EU seems to be growing tired of these patent wars. Back on February 13th the EU’s Antitrust Chief, Joaquin Almunia said:

“We are aware of the increasingly strategic use of patents in the sector and are vigilant,” he went on to say “We can avoid a continuation of this patent war.”

source: Bloomberg