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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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!
THui - June 30, 2012 at 8:20pm
If u got nothing good to say, keep it to damn self. U are just one classless idiot. Apple was earlier than Google in putting out a smartphone and Tablet with a App Store and music store and Cloud service. Oh yeah, who was the first one to have a display higher than 300 PPI for a smartphone and 200 PPI for a Tablet? Apple!!!
Kit - July 1, 2012 at 1:01am
Ha ha ha. Must suck to be you. I'm glad you hate Apple, and I'm glad you're pissed off. Apple will out last all of these pissant companies and it will out last tampon suckers like you. Go get me Apple, and fuck the lot of them.
BrandonFuckingM - July 1, 2012 at 1:25am
hahaha omg I'm dying he deadass said tampon suckers haha fucking funny as shit and yeah ruddy I would hate to be you you why don't you just crawl back into your moms vagina and no I'm not a fan boy but I like apple my iPod is awesome jailbroken so shut the fuck up
NoGoodNick - July 1, 2012 at 2:30pm
You people are missing the obvious. I'm not sure who is responsible, but this "Ruddy" is a professional hack, hired by another product that is assigned to visit Apple sites to try to spread dissatisfaction. They've done it at Apple events, at Apple stores, basically anywhere they think they can get attention. Usually it ISN'T Google, most often it's one of the minor cell phone brands that sell Android phones, but the more attention you pay them, they worse they'll get. Frankly, if I was in charge of the site, I'd ban them as soon as they pop up, as they offer nothing construction for the site, and they DON'T offer an 'alternative view'.
Gio - July 2, 2012 at 7:36am
You are an idiot rudy!!
Gio - July 2, 2012 at 7:37am
I think rudyy is one of that peoples that wish he had an Apple product but he can't, that is why he is so mad lmao
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