Google will be fair with Motorola patents
When Google agreed a $12.5 billion deal to acquire Motorola back in August 2011, Google didn’t say they were doing it as any kind of retaliation to patent trolls Apple, however it’s what most of us thought.
Google has confirmed in writing to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that it won’t abuse its new portfolio. The ETSI is comprised of members from 62 countries, and sets standards for global telephony and internet action.
A Google spokesman commented:
Since we announced our agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility last August, we’ve heard questions about whether Motorola Mobility’s standard-essential patents will continue to be licensed on FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms once we’ve closed this transaction
“The answer is simple: they will.”
A decision from the ETSI is expected by February 13.