Google and Apple explore arbitration to solve standards patent problems

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Apple broke from its aggressive legal strategy when it recently reached a settlement with HTC, and it appears the company may be ready to take a similar approach with its rival Google. Apple had been prepared to go to trial in a patent dispute with Google-owned Motorola earlier this year before the suit was thrown out — but new documents show that both companies are now interested in resolving some of their disagreements via arbitration instead. At issue are standards-essential patents — patents that have been incorporated into larger industry standards, such as 802.11 Wi-Fi or elements of the 3GPP standard — that the patent owner has agreed to license under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

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