FTC tells ITC that banning iPhones, Xboxes is a bad idea
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 08/06/2012 14:17
The Federal Trade Commission has requested that the International Trade Commission not consider import bans against Microsoft and Apple products that infringe standards-essential patents owned by Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary. The FTC sent a memo summarizing its position to the ITC on Thursday, noting that allowing import bans based on FRAND-encumbered patents could "cause substantial harm to US competition, consumers, and innovation."
At the heart of the matter are two ITC complaints levied by Motorola Mobility (prior to the Google acquisition) against Microsoft and Apple. Both Microsoft and Apple filed complaints against Motorola related to its use of the Android operating system. Motorola retaliated by charging that both companies infringe its patents with their use of H.264 and wireless 3G standards, respectively.
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