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Scotch Eggs and FRAND for Breakfast

David ByrdI have been waiting for a neighborhood Irish bar to open for months. The place was supposed to open in September but was delayed until last week. I had perused the menu prior to going and decided I wanted Scotch eggs along with something else (fish and chips was high on the list). Anyway, when I ordered the scotch eggs, the waitress said they had run out of them earlier in the week. That was confusing as since this was Friday, the kitchen/walk-in refrigerator should have been restocked Thursday night in preparation for the weekend. Instead, I ordered gougѐres, a French cheese puff. Now these also contained pepperoni (which I thought odd). The pepperoni was minimal and chopped so finely it wasnt discernable, and what should have been a light cheese puff was more like a heavy deep fried dough ball. Out of six, we ate one-half of two and without complaint or comment moved on to the next course (a burger and fish and chips). The chef came out to ask about the gougѐres and I gave my opinion about the need to be lighter with larger pieces of pepperoni. I also inquired about the Scotch eggs. It seems he was still working on the recipe so none would be available until he was satisfied. That said, we enjoyed the rest of our meal and I wondered whether this was their original choice of chef. Sunday, I made beef short rib ragu (using fettuccini as the pasta) for dinner and, because I had to satisfy my hankering, Scotch eggs for breakfast. Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs that are wrapped in sausage which is then breaded and deep fried. They are not the healthiest breakfast food but they are delicious. The recipe of the week is Scotch eggs with a quick creamy dipping sauce. Enjoy!

FRAND

Last week I learned a new acronym  FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And NonDiscriminatory). You may recall that one of the reasons Google purchased Motorola Mobility was for its valuable patents. Google was very disappointed in losing the bidding war for the Nortel patents and its response was to purchase Motorola Mobility. Well, it has not taken long for them to leverage the value of these patents. Motorola is demanding that Microsoft pay a royalty of $22.50 for 50 patents required to implement the H.264 video standard. Interestingly, H.264 requires the licensing of over 2300 patents from 29 different companies. The total amount the other 28 companies require in licensing fees is $0.02, or 2 cents. Therein lies the problem. Without understanding all of the issues involved in the case, Motorolas position does not appear to be FRAND. Both the U.S. Department of Justice and European Commission have expressed concern with Motorolas position. These organizations are involved because the H.264 was adopted as a standard based upon previous promises and commitments by the owners of the various patents. The standard would not exist without the agreement of all to license these standard essential patents in a FRAND way.

One view is that the actions of Motorola will kill video over the Internet. I wont go that far. However, I do wonder what the real objective is.

David Byrd is vice president of marketing and sales for

Broadvox

, and is responsible for marketing and channel sales programs to SMBs, enterprises and carriers as well as defining the product offering. Prior to joining Broadvox, David was the vice president of Channels and Alliances for Eftia and Telcordia. As director of eBusiness Development with i2 Technologies, he developed major partnerships with many of the leaders in Internet eCommerce and supply chain management. As CEO of Planet Hollywood Online he was a pioneer in using early Internet technologies to build a branded entertainment and eCommerce website company partnered with Planet Hollywood. Having over 20 years of telecom sales and marketing experience, he has held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Sprint and Ericsson.


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