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DOJ statement on closing Google-Motorola Mobility investigations

 |  February 13, 2012

The DOJ has issued a statement on its decision to close its three investigations into Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Given Motorola Mobility’s “long and aggressive history of seeking to capitalize on its intellectual property,” and the fact that only ownership rights–and not the use of those rights–were transferred to Google, the acquisition appeared unlikely to alter competition significantly.

However, the DOJ noted that it would continue to monitor potential anticompetitive use of standard essential patents in the wireless device industry by Google. Unlike Apple and Microsoft, the DOJ found that Google’s commitments to FRAND terms were “less than clear.”

Source: DOJ Press Release

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