Originally Posted by murraypaul
FTC staff will recommend suing Google for antitrust violations related to smartphone technology
I am curious how this even relates to the thread subject of Samsung versus Apple, but what the heck!
It seems as if Apple and Micro$oft refused to even negotiate on standards essential patents.
Motorola Mobility had asked for royalties of 2.25 percent on the retail price of each product, which it has said was the standard opening offer it makes. It has said neither Microsoft nor Apple would negotiate.
Microsoft said in court papers the royalties would amount to $4 billion a year, a figure it would never agree to pay. Apple, in its own case, said the technology is worth, at most, $1 per unit.
“It’s hard to see the antitrust violations here as being very strong,” said Jorge Contreras, an associate law professor at American University in Washington. “They are rattling a lot of sabers at the regulatory agencies, but my suspicion is that those won’t go that far,” said Contreras, who participated in an FTC workshop last year on standards.