Apple Tells Court They Would Be Willing To Pay $1 Per iPhone To Motorola

Apple appeared in front of a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.  They told the judge that they would be willing to pay Motorola Mobility $1 per iPhone sold to continue to use Motorola’s patents.  Apple wants the court to set several of Motorola’s patents to FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing.

If the court rules that the FRAND status, Apple promised that they would appeal the decision and examine all other options made possible.

Apple LogoApple made the ultimatum after Motorola filed a motion for clarification five days ahead of the scheduled patent infringement court case.  Motorola’s only expert was unable to testify a set licensing rate at the time of the trial and has not given an idea of what the rates may average.

Apple said that they will show a copious amount of real-world evidence at the trial next week that showcases real-world pricing based on ”Motorola’s contemporaneous licenses — that establishes a ceiling for the FRAND rate Motorola could charge Apple for Motorola’s worldwide portfolio.”

Motorola requested a German court to set the FRAND rate after the company won a lawsuit in that region.  Apple had asked that the Motorola lawsuit in Wisconsin be used to establish the worldwide rate for Motorola’s FRAND licensing.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

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