Motorola Mobility Catches EU Complaint for Patent Abuse Towards Apple
May 6, 2013 11:15 AM
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The European Commission said that this EU complaint concerns Motorola Mobility’s issues with Apple in Germany
Motorola Mobility was slapped with a European Union antitrust complaint for seeking injunctions to block Apple's use of certain patents.
Motorola Mobility, which was
purchased by Google in 2011
for $12.4 billion, received a complaint from the EU stating that the company may be abusing its dominant position by seeking injunctions against Apple in Germany. This would block Apple from using patents that are essential for products to comply with industry-agreed technical standards.
Industry-standard technology makes sure that products -- like mobile phone antennas and GPS -- can operate together, even when they're made by different manufacturers.
The EU opened an antitrust investigation into Motorola Mobility in April 2012 after Apple and Microsoft complained that Motorola Mobility was seeking injunctions to block their use of patents -- which Google said was essential for creating standard-compliant products.
The European Commission said that this EU complaint concerns Motorola Mobility’s issues with Apple in Germany, but the part of the investigation concerning Microsoft products is "continuing."
"The protection of intellectual property is a cornerstone of innovation and growth," said Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia. "But so is competition. I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer – not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice."
Just last month, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola -- a federal judge in Miami, Florida -- said that Apple and Motorola Mobility are
wasting the court's time
with patent infringement lawsuits that they have no intention of solving.
“The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute; they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end,” said Judge Scola. “That is not a proper use of this court.”
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5/6/2013 6:16:12 PM
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You forgot the sarcasm tag...
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