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EU Says Motorola's Patent Pursuits Are Abusive

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May 6, 2013, 7:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

The European Commission today published the preliminary results of an antitrust investigation against Google's Motorola Mobility unit and found the company went too far. Motorola sought to block Apple from selling certain products in Germany by claiming Apple infringed on its standard essential patents. Apple argued that Motorola was seeking unfair terms for its patents, and eventually European courts agreed with Apple. Motorola's actions, however, sparked an investigation into its patent licensing practices and that is what led the European Commission to today's findings. "I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer - not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice," said European Union competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia. The findings could lead to formal antitrust charges against Motorola, but the European Commission has yet to say what steps it will follow next.

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May 6, 2013, 8:55 AM

You sure they are not talking about Apple inc.?

Wow! If I didn't read the names of the companies I would have been sure they were talking about Apple inc. Apple is the one who has been throwing lawsuits left and right on virtually every tech company out there. And Motorola is the one that got spanked by the EU. Smells like someone greased up a judges pocket. So much for freedom of innovation.

May 6, 2013, 8:37 AM


Stifling innovation? What a load of crap!!!! Perhaps firing back at a company known for bringing out ridiculous lawsuits and saying everyone is infringing upon them when they themselves have infringed upon everyone's ideas and called them their own should be looked upon before calling companies stopping them the innovative blockers!!! could have sworn Motorola has been more innovative than apple over the past few decades!!!!
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