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FTC finalizes settlement in Google/Motorola Mobility SEP case

Posted in Antitrust, Miscellaneous
Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has approved a modified final order that settles its investigation into Motorola Mobility’s alleged anti-competitive practices surrounding its standard-essential patent licensing and enforcement program (for more background, see our original post on the case).  Here’s the Commission’s final decision and order, as well as a final version … Continue Reading

Upcoming IPO webinar on standard-essential patents and FTC-Google consent decree features Dow Lohnes’s David Long

Posted in Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Miscellaneous
On March 5, 2013 at 2:00pm, the Intellectual Property Owners Association is holding a webinar to discuss the potential implications that the FTC-Google consent decree may have on the world of standard-essential patents.  The webinar is taking place as part of of IPO’s weekly IP Chat Channel series.  David W. Long, a member of Dow … Continue Reading

FTC-Google public comments round-up #1: Interest groups and industry/professional organizations weigh in

Posted in Federal Trade Commission, Miscellaneous
We’ve finally sifted through the many public comments submitted in response to the FTC-Google consent decree and proposed order.  As we noted Monday, over two dozen individuals, companies, and organizations representing a wide range of interests submitted comments.  Later this week, we will do a post featuring the details of some of the post submitted … Continue Reading

More than 25 entities submit comments on proposed FTC-Google/Motorola consent decree

Posted in Federal Trade Commission, Miscellaneous
This past Friday (Feb. 22) was the deadline for the public to submit comments to the Federal Trade Commission on the FTC’s consent decree that it entered into last month with Google and Motorola Mobility.  More than two dozen individuals, companies, and organizations chose to submit comments, and their submissions reflected a wide range of interests … Continue Reading

RANDomness: NPE Edition

Posted in Non-Practicing Entities, RANDomness
InformationWeek brings us the story of’s Emob’s fight against Cronos Technologies, a well-known NPE, over a patent related to a “remote ordering system.”  (InformationWeek) Google’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel Kent Walker wrote an opinion piece for Politico, making the case for the Obama administration’s second term to include additional patent reform that … Continue Reading

Preview: Motorola, Microsoft set to debate relevance of Google’s MPEG LA license agreement to RAND terms next week

Posted in District Courts, Litigation
[UPDATE]  Since this post was originally published on January 22, the deadline passed for the parties to submit extrinsic evidence and additional arguments supporting their respective interpretations of the Google-MPEG LA AVC/H.264 license agreement.  Microsoft submitted both a brief and a supporting Declaration of Lawrence A. Horn, who is the President and CEO of MPEG … Continue Reading


Posted in RANDomness
In the wake of the FTC-Google settlement, an investigation into potential antitrust violations by Google continues in Europe.  Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s antitrust & competition chief, said that the FTC’s decision would not affect the European Commission’s investigation. (Financial Times) Unwired Planet — an NPE formed out of the remains of Openwave Systems, who … Continue Reading

FTC invites public to comment on consent agreement with Google/Motorola Mobility

Posted in Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission
Today, a notice and request was published in the Federal Register, inviting the public to comment on the FTC’s proposed consent agreement with Google and Motorola Mobility in FTC File No. 121-0120.  This proposed consent agreement would close the FTC’s investigation into certain Google/Motorola Mobility business practices concerning licensing and assertion of standard-essential patents that Motorola previously agreed … Continue Reading

Motorola drops remaining SEPs from Microsoft Xbox ITC action

Posted in Federal Trade Commission, International Trade Commission, Litigation
In a not-so-surprising development in light of the FTC-Google/Motorola settlement announced last week, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility asked the ITC yesterday to drop its two remaining standard-essential patents from its Xbox infringement dispute with Microsoft (Inv. No. 337-TA-752).  The two patents dropped from the case — U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,980,596 and 7,162,094 — are alleged by … Continue Reading

A dissenting voice from the FTC/Google consent agreement

Posted in Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission
Lost in the all of the publicity surrounding the FTC’s consent decree that ended its investigation of Google and Motorola Mobility yesterday is the fact that while the FTC’s decision not to proceed with action against Google for its search practices was unanimous, its decision to issue a complaint and order relating to Google’s enforcement … Continue Reading

Google agrees to forego seeking injunctive relief for SEP infringement as part of FTC settlement

Posted in Antitrust, Complaints, Federal Trade Commission
In a press conference that took place at 1pm Eastern time today, the United States Federal Trade Commission announced that it has entered into a consent decree with Google in which Google agreed to forego seeking injunctive relief as a remedy for infringement of SEPs that have been pledged to be licensed on RAND terms. … Continue Reading