Tag Archive for Google

An Analysis of the Final FTC-Motorola Settlement

Today, the FTC released its Final Order in its settlement with Motorola on the company’s use of standard essential patents (SEPs).  Although there isn’t much “here” here, as the Commission is required by law to open Consent Decrees to public comment before it finalizes them, the 25 public comments (including one from my organization) the Commission received led to…

Mueller’s critique against Google off base

Last month, Florian Mueller authored a provocative blog post, criticizing Google for its recent pledge not to assert ten of its patents against any open source project. Mueller has never been a fan of these kinds of pledges, so his comments aren’t surprising. Mueller’s main criticism is that Google hasn’t gone far enough: compared to IBM, Sun,…

News Coverage of House Judiciary Patent Troll Hearing

Here are some links to some good stories on the judiciary committee hearing yesterday on patent trolls.  We are working on a bigger post on this that will be up later today or Monday. Corporate counsel push antitrust response to patent trolls Thomson Reuters March 15, 2013 David Ingram Lawyers for major corporations told U.S.…

Standard-Essential Patents in Context: Just a Small Piece of the Smartphone War Puzzle

(Cross-posted on DisCo) There has been a recent flurry of policy and regulatory activity related to standard-essential patents (SEPs).  First, Samsung announced it was dropping its requests for injunctions on SEPs in its ongoing patent battles with Apple.  Then, curiously, the European Commission filed a “Statement of Objections” (first round of European antitrust charges) against the Korean company for…

Patents in the News 2/28

FTC-Google public comments round-up #2: Tech companies have their say The Essential Patent Blog February 28, 2013 Yesterday we covered several public comments submitted to the FTC by various professional organizations and trade/industry associations surround the FTC-Google consent decree.  Today, we’re here to tackle the submissions from several large companies that chose to comment on…

Patents in the News 2/27

  Businesses plan to boost IP litigation spending – survey Thomson Reuters February 27, 2013 Dan Levine More publicly traded companies are planning to increase spending on intellectual property litigation over the next 12 months than compared to any other practice area, a new survey of general counsels and heads of litigation has found. Guest…

Google Retaliates Against BT Patent Suits in US, UK

In a fresh salvo in the ongoing patent wars, Google launched infringement actions against British Telecom (BT) in California and the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday.  The suits appear to be in retaliation to a number of claims against Google, including a suit brought against Google in U.S. federal court in Delaware in late 2011.…