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FTC reportedly preparing to sue Google over alleged ‘abuse’ of its Motorola patents

Published Nov 2nd, 2012 12:04PM EDT
FTC Lawsuit Planned

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Google’s (GOOG) purchase of Motorola doesn’t look nearly as savvy as it once did. Bloomberg reports that the Federal Trade Commission is preparing to sue Google over allegedly abusing the patents that it acquired in the Motorola deal to block rival products over technologies that have become industry standards. The issue, unnamed sources told Bloomberg, is that Google is allegedly angling more for import bans and not licensing agreements, which the FTC sees as abusive behavior when it comes to technologies that are so widely used throughout the industry. A Google spokesperson told Bloomberg that the company takes its “commitments to license on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms very seriously and are happy to answer any questions” the FTC might have.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.