Apple has called on the European Commission to intervene in its ongoing patent dispute with Motorola and bring the curtain down on a punishing series of legal spats that has seen products from both firms under threat of a sales ban.
Apple's request came to light in a regulatory filing made by Motorola. It states that Apple has asked for the EC's intervention as it is concerned Motorola is abusing the licensing of patents under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND) agreements.
"On February 17, the company received a letter from the European Commission, Competition Directorate-General, notifying it that the Commission has received a complaint against Motorola Mobility by Apple regarding the enforcement of [Motorola's] standards-essential patents against Apple allegedly in breach of [Motorola's] FRAND commitments," it reads.
"Apple's complaint seeks the Commission's intervention with respect to standards-essential patents."
Motorola told V3 in a statement: "Motorola Mobility has had a long-standing practice of licensing our patents under FRAND and we offered those to Apple."
Apple has not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.
The two firms have been embroiled in several high-profile disputes, particularly in Germany, which led to Apple facing a possible ban on its iPhone and iPad products in the run up to Christmas, and Motorola facing a similar ban after losing a key patent dispute last week.
Last week, both European and US regulators approved the acquisition of Motorola by Google, although warned the firms that they would be watching closely for any perceived abuse of FRAND patents.
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