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FTC Requests Documents From Google in Probe Over Motorola Patents

Google is now the target of a probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, investigating whether its Motorola unit has been abusive in enforcing its standards-essential patents. Sources say that the FTC served Google with a civil investigative demand.

“We take our commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms very seriously and are happy to answer any questions,” Google said.

Bloomberg reported on the FTC inquiry earlier on Friday.

Microsoft and Apple have both criticized Motorola’s handling of patents that are used in various wireless standards.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work