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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RE: I think you got your wish
by JAlexoid on Fri 4th Jan 2013 13:53 UTC in reply to "I think you got your wish"
JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

Now that the FTC has defanged Google, there will be a lot less patent aggression.

Less!?!?!?!! Were you in a cave for the last 2 years? Google has not started a single patent lawsuit and got to have one only via Motorola acquisition.

This means that there will be a lot more patent battles, less FRAND based ones. But Apple is being defanged by USPTO as well and Germany is still a total mess.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Less!?!?!?!! Were you in a cave for the last 2 years? Google has not started a single patent lawsuit and got to have one only via Motorola acquisition.

This means that there will be a lot more patent battles, less FRAND based ones. But Apple is being defanged by USPTO as well and Germany is still a total mess.


Yes. Less. Google will not be able to fight back with SEPs. If there is no ability to fight back, there is no fight. Only submission.

They have been backed into a corner in general, albeit a more attractive corner that some (like Microsoft) would have wished the FTC to paint them, but a corner nonetheless.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Yes... We've seen how Google "fell in line" when Oracle struck.

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