Apple has promised to license any patents for its proposed "nano-SIM" standard to other manufacturers for free. The company hopes its promise will address concerns from opponents of the proposed standard as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) considers both Apple's proposal and one developed by Nokia, RIM, and Motorola.
The Financial Times reported last week that Nokia, RIM, and Motorola had collectively expressed concern over Apple's proposal, citing a fear that Apple would own all relevant patents. However, Apple's proposal for a SIM card smaller than today's current micro-SIM already has the approval of most European mobile carriers.
In a letter to the ETSI dated March 19, seen by Florian MУМller, Apple committed to offering a royalty-free licenses to any of its patents deemed essential to it's nano-SIM standard. The only stipulation is that any company declaring patents essential to the standard, if it becomes adopted, also commit to a royalty-free license. In other words, if Apple's proposal is adopted, the standard should be open and free for anyone to use.
A group within the ETSI charged with approving the new standard is set to meet this week to decide between the competing standards.