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ITC staff wants to sue Google

FTC staff want to sue Google

Google has been involved in a few lawsuits over its Android operating system infringing patents held by other companies, which in most cases is the rival from Cupertino, Apple. Last month, Apple and Google run Motorola Mobility were involved in two patent infringement lawsuits against each other at the International Trade Commission. The lawsuit was going quite well.

In the first case, Apple was cleared by the FTC of the infringement on three claims. But the FTC also found that one of the patents held by Motorola, which relates to “sensor-controlled user interface”, was probably infringing. The second lawsuit claimed that the company infringed seven patents, which included location reminders, e-mail notifications, phone/video players, and Siri voice recognition.

But all of a sudden, the search engine giant dropped the case against Apple last month. The reason was not known, possibly until now. Bloomberg reports that the staff over at FTC recommend that the FTC file a lawsuit against Google for trying to block U.S. imports of Apple’s iPhones and Windows Phone based smart phones. So we can assume that Google somehow came to know about this opinion of the staff of the FTC, and to avoid further headache, just dropped the lawsuit against Apple.

Motorola Mobility had asked for a royalty of 2.25 per cent on retail pricing for every iPhone the Cupertino tech giant sold. That is a small amount for sure. For every entry level iPhone 5 which the company sells, which has a retail price tag of $649, Motorola, or Google, would get $15 in its pocket.

But in the wireless industry, there is a practice that the company holding a patent will licence the patent for a lesser price to its competitors, so that no one company can dominate the industry. This is called FRAND: fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.

Now, even though the staff of the FTC is planning a lawsuit against Google, the FTC has to approve this and then carry on a long procedure legally to do all that. So the prediction is that nothing of this will actually happen.

Source: Venture Beat