Apple accuses Motorola, Samsung of monopolizing markets with patents–or, you’ve got to be kidding me

by Stephan Kinsella on August 30, 2011

AppleInsider reports: Apple accuses Motorola, Samsung of monopolizing markets with patents. So let’s see what’s going on. Apple uses its arsenal of patents to sue its competitors, e.g. Samsung and Motorola Mobility, to try to squelch Android.1 These guys fire back with patent countersuits of their own.2 And then Apple claims “no fair” since these patents “are associated with a particular industry standard, such as WiFi or 3G mobile networking. … When Motorola Mobility attempted to dismiss Apple’s case against it, Apple argued that Motorola had engaged in anticompetitive misconduct by attempting to use its standards-related patents as weapons….”

Chutzpah, anyone?3

  1. We Hope Apple Wins the Patent Wars; Mobile-device patent disputes heat up; Motorola: Enemy or Friend of Google?; Android Patent Trouble Worsens: Motorola Considers Collecting IP Royalties; Can patent licensing fees derail the Android express?; Apple expands lawsuit against Motorola. []
  2. The Patent Defense League and Defensive Patent Pooling; Patent Cross-Licensing Creates Barriers to Entry. []
  3. Apple: Patent Crybaby; Apple, iCloud, Appstore, and Trademark; Live by IP, Die by IP: Poetic Justice for Mattel. []

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