While the meeting apparently didnâ€™t result in any resolution, ZDnet reports the ITUâ€™s Malcolm Johnson said the â€˜heated debateâ€™ â€œhas gone a long way to help clarify the positionsâ€ of the companies involved:
â€œTodayâ€™s event has gone a long way to help clarify the positions of various stakeholders in determining the effectiveness of FRAND commitments and the impact of litigations surround standards-essential patents,â€
ZDnet also reported Motorola argued â€œApple was misunderstanding the way FRAND works in the telecoms industryâ€:
â€œFor 20 years the [FRAND] licensing commitments made by innovators in the communications industry have been sufficient,â€ Warren said. â€œPast experience would indicate that [FRAND] has been effectiveâ€¦ but that doesnâ€™t mean there isnâ€™t room for improvement to improve the present situation.â€
The worldâ€™s biggest tech companies are meeting today for a Patent Roundtable with the United Nationâ€™s International Telecommunications Union to â€œassess the effectiveness of RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) â€“ based patent policies.â€ The meeting will take place at the ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; and according to several reports, it will include Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Google, Microsoft, and many of the industryâ€™s other biggest players. The discussions follow high-profile, patent-related cases and failed settlement talks between Samsung and Apple, while the European Union continues to probe Motorola, Samsung, and others over potential abuse of the patent system. It also comes as Googleâ€™s legal chief David Drummond issued statements to the press calling for a reform on software patents.