Apple, Google, Samsung and others meet today – not in a courtroom but in neutral Switzerland. The discussion, moderated by the UN’s International Telecommunications Union, focuses on whether the key principal of patent licensing is preventing products from coming to market.

The talks follow Apple and Samsung high-profile patent dispute and the EU investigating whether a number of companies are abusing the patent guidelines…

RAND – “reasonable and non-discriminatory” patent licensing is at the heart of today’s pow-wow. According to the UN, the talks will assess the effectiveness of patent cases often based on the definition of RAND.

The BBC is reporting the discussions could result in changes to patent rules “so that products cannot be blocked on the basis of standard-essential patent disputes.” Apple and Microsoft are among the companies looking to change the rules. Android-maker Google is also calling for patent reform. Just recently, the Mountain View, Calif. Internet giant expressed frustration over the continued patent wars.

Although we won’t know if any agreement is arrived on patent licensing, RAND is increasingly becoming a point of contention among companies. What is reasonable for Apple may not be viewed as such by Samsung, for example.

What do you think? Are patent squabbles straying too far from the actual technology, often resulting in wrangles over defining what is “reasonable” in terms of patent licensing?

  • perfent

    This is very interesting and I am very pleased that the companies involved are acting reasonably. However, when I look at it through Thomas Edison’s eyes, the premier inventor and patent holder, I feel he’d fight for his patent rights down to the end. Have times changed? Yes they have.

  • Funny how Apple is looking at changing the rules and looking for reform considering what it won over Samsung .. But yes when a patent is owned by a company and it falls under rand there should not be a price war on that patent just so the device can be aloud… There needs to a big reform on this ..

  • Sorry, i was here to read comments! Not interested in the topic. They should kill themselves with patent for all i care.

  • Michael Ray

    Really…Pow-Wow is the term you’re going with? I don’t see how heritage is being displayed with a talk about patents.

  • perfent

    Re: Edison & Tesla – That’s just my point, Steve Jobs, Erick Schmidt and the rest are CEO’s not inventors. The inventors work for the CEO’s and the CEO’s sell the ideas and products to the masses.