In what perhaps some could label a move out of desperation, Apple issued a letter to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute asking the body to establish consistent royalty fees for patents deemed essential to wireless standards, reports the Wall Street Journal. The body has a role in setting the standards related to GSM, 3G UMTS and 4G LTE radio technologies. Apple, involved in nasty patent disputes with Motorola, HTC and Samsung in courtrooms around the world, previously asserted in court documents that handset maker Motorola refused to license its essential patents on “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory” (FRAND) nature at rates offered to Nokia, Samsung and other vendors. According to the Journal: Apple’s lawyer wrote in the letter that “It is apparent that our industry suffers from a lack of consistent adherence to Frand principles in the cellular standards arena”. Apple last week was forced to swallow its own medicine as a German court ruled that the company’s 3G products outside of the iPhone 4S infringe Motorola’s patents. The court ordered Apple Sales International in Ireland, which operates the online store of Apple in Europe, to stop offering 3G iPhones, iPods and iPads on the online store. A few hours later, Apple announced said devices would be back on sale “shortly” as the court lifted ban due to FRAND status of patents. source --------------------------------------------- Personal remark: This just screams "Apple doesn't want to pay up" to me. First they try to evade the patents, then when they get found out, they try to change the rules so they don't have to pay. I wonder how they'd like it if Motorola created a version of Android specifically for the iPhone 3g that you could install on Apple's hardware. Let Apple create the product, and then another company can take advantage of it.