Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Ought to Be Shared - but How about opening up the Page rank algorithm?
One comment in the post says it all: this is soviet-style: what’s mine is mine (Google’s) and what is yours is negotiable. #fail.
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Google General Counsel Kent Walker wrote:
While collaborative [Standards Setting Organizations (SSOs)] play an important part in the overall standard setting system, and are particularly prominent in industries such as telecommunications, they are not the only source of standards. Indeed, many of the same interoperability benefits that the FTC and others have touted in the SSO context also occur when one firm publishes information about an otherwise proprietary standard and other firms then independently decide (whether by choice or of necessity) to make complementary investments to support that standard in their products. … Because proprietary or de facto standards can have just as important effects on consumer welfare, the Committee’s concern regarding the abuse of SEPs should encompass them as well.