FTC to Probe Motorola's Patent Licensing Practices
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent civil investigative demands to a number of companies inquiring about Google's Motorola unit. Reuters, citing sources familiar with the FTC's plans, reports that the government agency is investigating whether or not Motorola is living up to agreements it made when its patents were adopted as industry standards. Motorola has come under fire recently for allegedly not adhering to the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing practices that are expected of standards essential patents. The patents in question concern Wi-Fi and video technology. In a statement emailed to Reuters, Google said, "We take our commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms very seriously."