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."
Euro Commission Takes Stand Against Patent Abuse
The European Commission today ruled that Motorola had broken the law by suing Apple over standard essential patents. Apple had agreed to license Motorola's patents, but when the two companies couldn't agree on a price, Apple used the patented technology anyway and was eventually sued by Motorola.
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.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.