Friday, 2 November 2012

FTC recommends patent suit against Google

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has formally recommended that a lawsuit be brought against Google for anti-competitive practices stemming from its technology licensing practices.A majority of the agency's five commissioners want to bring a suit, Bloomberg said, citing four people familiar with the matter. No decision is expected until after the presidential election next week FTC began requesting information from Microsoft and Apple about Google's willingness to license technology under patents necessary for 3G wireless, Wi-Fi, and video streaming. These are known as "standard-essential patents," and the FTC works to ensure they can be licensed to competitors on fair terms. Google has sought to block Microsoft and Apple products from being imported into the United States.
The company has also pursued litigation over industry-standard patents started by Motorola Mobility against Microsoft and Apple before Google bought the struggling device maker. If Motorola is successful, it could block imports of devices including Microsoft's Xbox and Apple's iPhone and iPad, 

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