Google Appeases FTC By Agreeing to New Patent Behaviors
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has settled its ongoing investigation of Google's potentially anti-competitive business practices. In order to settle the investigation, Google has agreed to alter its behavior on a number of fronts. First, it has agreed to cease seeking bans on devices that may infringe its standard essential patents. Second, it has agreed to adhere to the FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing practices expected of standard essential patents. "We are especially glad to see that Google will live up to its commitments to license its standard-essential patents, which will ensure that companies willing to license these patents can compete in the market for wireless devices," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "This decision strengthens the standard-setting process that is at the heart of innovation in today’s technology markets." Third, Google has agreed to give online advertisers more control over their AdWords advertising campaigns. As far as Google's search practices are concerned, the FTC decided that Google is not favoring its own products and services, as some competitors alleged. Instead, the FTC believes Google's Universal Search "could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users." The FTC has closed its investigation of Google.
FTC Accuses Qualcomm of Anticompetitive Behavior
Jan 17, 2017
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against Qualcomm, alleging the chip-maker uses its market position to monopolize the sale of cell phone baseband processors.
Nokia, Apple File Dueling Patent Lawsuits
Dec 21, 2016
Nokia and Apple have this week filed patent-related lawsuits against one another in various jurisdictions. Nokia's claims, filed in Germany and the U.S., say that Apple is using Nokia's patented technology without permission.
FTC Pondering Antitrust Query Into Google's Android
Sep 25, 2015
Google may be facing an investigation into its business practices concerning the Android operating system, reports Bloomberg. The U.S.
FTC Investigating Facebook's Privacy Practices
Mar 26, 2018
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.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
Jul 31, 2015
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.