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."
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Ericsson Sues Apple in Three Countries Over Patent Misuse
Ericsson today stepped up its legal action against Apple with new lawsuits filed in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Germany. Ericsson asserts Apple is using its wireless technology patents without the proper licenses.
BlackBerry Sues Nokia Over Patents
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia this week. BlackBerry claims Nokia is using its patented technology in select telecommunications equipment that Nokia sells to network operators, such as T-Mobile, without the proper licenses.
FTC Investigating Facebook's Privacy Practices
The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook's privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S.