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Recent court ruling may have nudged Google, Microsoft to settle patent disputes

John Ribeiro | Oct. 5, 2015
An appeals court rejected in September a Google appeal on a ruling that would favor Microsoft.

The lawsuits over SEPs had brought Google some trouble on other fronts, including from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. A complaint of the FTC alleged that the company and Motorola engaged in unfair methods of competition by breaching its commitments to standard-setting organizations to license its SEPs in the areas of cellular, video codec, and wireless LAN standards on FRAND terms. "Google violated its FRAND commitments by seeking to enjoin and exclude willing licensees of its FRAND-encumbered SEPs," according to the complaint.

Under a settlement reached with the FTC in 2013, Google agreed to meet its prior commitments and give competitors access on FRAND terms to patents on critical standardized technologies. Google also arrived at a settlement over patents with Apple last year, which included SEPs.

Last Thursday, Microsoft and Google both submitted petitions that the case in Seattle be dismissed. Each party shall bear its own costs and attorney fees.

 

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