Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 20:04 UTC
Legal "As was widely expected, the Federal Trade Commission announced this morning that it has reached a settlement agreement with Google, bringing the commission's antitrust investigations into the search giant to a close. Two different areas of Google's business were being explored: the way it prioritized search results, and the way that Google had sought injunctions against devices that were thought to have infringed upon standards-essential patents from Motorola." Would have loved to see the FRAND system crumble, though. Let the patent mess explode - to change the system, we need disruption, not appeasement.
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I think you got your wish
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 21:06 UTC
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Now that the FTC has defanged Google, there will be a lot less patent aggression. Not because each side came to an amicable agreement, but because Apple and Microsoft have essentially won.

Google has had its patent arsenal almost obliterated by this ruling, and has turned Motorola into a $12 billion dollar paper tiger. There is nothing that Motorola can strategically do anymore to shield Android from its impending patent destruction.

How can Google reasonably counter sue Microsoft or Apple now? This is a game changer.

At the end of the day, clear heads prevailed and the FTC finally stepped in and put the monopolistic abuse of Standard Essential Patents to rest. Today should be seen as a win for the industry as a whole, and vindication for the players that actually play the game correctly by licensing and taking licenses at FRAND rates.

It is poetic justice to see Android getting its taste of bad medicine, the blatant disregard for intellectual property was disgusting and appalling.

I'm sure, as usual, that Groklaw didn't see this coming ;) .

If you combine this, with the $1 billion verdict, and the fact that Apple's injunction requests are more likely than not to be instituted after appeal and you have a terrible situation for Google.

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