Apple Commits To Royalty-free Licenses For Nano-SIM

In its efforts to convince the market to accept the nano-SIM technology as a new standard of mobile devices, Apple has come up with an intriguing offer.

The high officials from Cupertino headquarters promised in a letter sent to the European Telecommunications Standards Institutes (ETSI) to offer royalty-free licenses to its nano-SIM design patents. Is this proof that iPhone 5 will have the nano-SIM technology inside?

The situation heated up after Motorola Mobility, RIM and Nokia dissented Apple's proposal to push the miniaturization of micro-SIMs even further by developing nano-SIMs. Nokia and RIM have their own versions submitted for approval.

Apple suggested that it already has the support of "most of the European operators", but the matter is going to be discussed at the Smart Card Platform Plenary meeting of the ETSI in Sophia Antipolis. According to a recent FOSS Patents' report based on "perfectly reliable source", Apple sent a letter to ETSI to provide further enticements to ease the competitors' criticism.

The document is meant to put aside the concern related to Apple's presumed intention to own the patents and to enforce a monopoly.

FOSS Patents report points out that Apple agrees to "grant royalty-free licenses to any Apple patents essential to nano-SIM, provided that Apple's proposal is adopted as a standard and that all other patent holders accept the same terms in accordance with the principle of reciprocity."

Source: FossPatents