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Google Drops Some Legal Action Against Microsoft

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Jan 8, 2013, 9:57 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jan 8, 2013, 10:58 PM

Updated: fixed typos

Google today officially withdrew its attempts to block some Microsoft products from the U.S. market. Google's Motorola unit was fighting Microsoft over a patent pertaining to Microsoft's XBox product. Microsoft did not want to pay Motorola's licensing terms for the patent, so Motorola (and Google) sought to block the product. Late last year, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it didn't think patent infringement claims should lead to product bans. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission settled its investigation into Google's alleged antitrust behavior. Last, the U.S. ITC also found that some of Motorola's patents could not be enforced against Microsoft. Google's move to drop its ITC complaint today is likely a direct result of its recent settlement with the FTC and the ITC's earlier decision. Other legal entanglements between Google and Microsoft are still ongoing.

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Jan 9, 2013, 5:01 PM

what is wrong with this picture?

Federal Trade Commission settled its investigation into Google's alleged antitrust behavior.
but apple is free to do whatever they want, ban samsung products!
Well, in their defense the Apple-Samsung kerfuffle is probably exactly why they decided (after the fact) that such patent infringement should NOT include product bans. And to my knowledge no device since, what, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been banned. A...
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