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Google to Settle FTC’s FRAND Complaint: Bloomberg

Apple and Microsoft said that Google was unfairly demanding billions of dollars a year for a license

Google is close to signing a consent decree with the US Federal Trade Commission after the agency claimed Google broke the antirust laws by blocking access to key mobile technologies covered by patents owned by its Motorola Mobility subsidiary, Bloomberg says. It quotes "three people familiar with the matter."

The settlement, expected this week, will limit Google's ability to seek injunctions against rival products that depend on its standards-essential or FRAND patents.

The decree is supposed to stop short of forbidding Google from seeking injunctions in cases where the company has agreed to license the widgetry on fair and reasonable terms.

It has tried to stop imports of Microsoft and Apple devices into the US by claiming they infringe its standards-pledged 3G wireless, Wi-Fi and video streaming patents.

Apple and Microsoft said that Google was unfairly demanding billions of dollars a year for a license.

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