After Motorola’s victory last Friday, Apple was forced to remove multiple iPads and iPhones from its German online store. Apple was able to quickly put them back up, after asking Motorola for a patent licensing deal. It has just been discovered that Motorola is willing to work with Apple on this, but for quite a substantial price.
According to a document discovered by FOSS Patents, Motorola is asking for 2.25% in royalties. The exact details are still unclear, so it is unknown whether this will apply only to affected devices or not. Such included the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and all 3G-enabled iPads.
Regardless, Apple is one of the most successful companies in the industry, so 2.25% will amount to many, many millions of dollars should they accept.
Apple is not keeping its arms crossed, though. They know that the tension between Apple and Android manufacturers is strong, and Motorola could be biased against the Cupertino giant. Apple has recently requested information about Motorola’s deals with other companies, in an attempt to prove that such a percentage is too high. Said manufacturers include Nokia, HTC, LG and Ericsson.
Stay tuned to see how this one unfolds, and we will definitely stay on top of it. This is just the beginning of the retaliation. With Google set to protect Android manufacturers from the patent wars, along with the acquisition of Motorola, things are looking bright for the future.
What do you guys say? Is 2.25% really too much? Do you believe Apple (and company) will be less likely to bother Android manufacturers after a few court losses?