FTC Opens Investigation Into Google/Motorola's Use of FRAND Patents

FTC Opens Investigation Into Google/Motorola's Use of FRAND Patents

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The FTC has reportedly opened an investigation into Google/Motorola's use of its FRAND patents, according to Bloomberg.

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a civil investigative demand, which is similar to a subpoena, to the owner of the Android mobile operating system as it scrutinizes whether Google is improperly blocking rivals' access to patents for key smartphone technology, one of the people said.

Earlier this month, the FTC filed a statement with the ITC, which is charged with protecting U.S. markets from unfair trade practices, suggesting that companies should be limited in their ability to win orders blocking imports of competitors' products over the use of patents built into industry-wide standards.

Apple has repeatedly accused Motorola of not licensing its FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) patents fairly.

"Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago," said Apple, referring to Motorola's push email patent.

Apple has asked the ETSI to outline rules for licensing standard essential patents. Following this request, the European Commission opened two antitrust investigations into Motorola Mobility.

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FTC Opens Investigation Into Google/Motorola's Use of FRAND Patents
Locutus - July 1, 2012 at 8:57pm
Come on now, lets be real here. While OSX is a nice operating system, Windows is still more widely used in colleges and universities (and in secondary schools for that matter). This isn't simple conjecture on my part, but experience as a professor who has taught classes in both platforms. My comment isn't a slam on Apple, just the truth.
Rudyy - July 1, 2012 at 9:33pm
All you haters of me can suck my heroics you fucken bunch of hypocrite bastard
rudyy - July 2, 2012 at 11:05am
hey G go finger your mother All you idiots here have no education and are so dumb I have university education for your information and you all can kiss my feet asshole traitor trash
rudyy - June 30, 2012 at 5:32pm
Patent troll, Apple, doing its best to fuck the consumer, peddler of shit devices, which stole every fucking idea and technology it has, now wants to be treated fairly. Fuck Apple, fuck Tim Cook, fuck Steve Jobs.
McOlaf - June 30, 2012 at 7:26pm
And best of all, fuck you! What are you doing here anyway? Go Apple!
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