FRAND fairy tales: Google, Motorola, Microsoft and numbers.

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First read this:

CNN: Google Wants Huge Royalties Every Time Apple Sells An iPhone

Now let’s ignore for the moment the obvious wrongness wrt Android copying iOS etc and instead focus on the claim that 2.25% is not FRANDish enough according to the self-acclaimed expert in thsi field, Mr. Florian Mueller.

This same Mr. Mueller is working on a “research project” to find out how FRAND is the best way for the IT world etc. Hint: that research is payed by Microsoft 😉

Hm. A simple search and replace gives me:

Microsoft wants huge royalties every time {HTC, SAMSUNG, Motorola, Huawei, … } sells an Android Phone.”


MSFT wants between 5-15US$ per device according to various sources. With a unit price of, say, 200 US$ this means a range between 2.5% and 7.5%. Which AFAICS is a bit more (up to 3x) as what Motorola asks for. Now do the math with a more realistic unit price between 80-150 US$ to see who is the bully here.

That’s why I would even go as far as saying that 2.25% ratio is more fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory compared to a fix sum regardless of the unit price. 😉