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FTC finalizes settlement details with Google over anti-competitive issues


Google hasn't even had its breakfast yet, but that hasn't stopped the Federal Trade Commission approving a modified final order settling the accusations that Mountain View's business practices (involving Motorola) stifled competition among electronics manufacturers. Most of these changes involved the arbitration process used to resolve disputes over FRAND terms between companies. The final document means Google must license its standard-essential patents on "fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory or FRAND terms." According to the FTC, these patents were necessary in the process of manufacturing smartphones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles and that Google had pursued (or threatened to pursue) injunctions against companies that required said patents. Read the full order over at the FTC -- we've linked to it at the source.

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