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U.S.: FTC to announce patent case settlement with Google this week, say sources

 |  December 12, 2012

Three sources have said in reports that Google Inc. is nearing a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that the search giant violated law by blocking access to patents the company owns for smartphone technology. While the sources said the terms of the settlement are not final, they did say that the FTC may announce the deal this week reached with Google that would limit its ability to block the use of standard essential patent designs from other companies whose products rely on those patents. The agreement would not bar Google from seeking those injunctions altogether, however. The case’s biggest effects would reach Microsoft Corp and Allple Inc after Google tried to block imports of the rivals’ products.

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