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Preliminary Antitrust Finding Made Against Google Subsidiary in Europe

Google’s Motorola Mobility, a telecommunications equipment maker, is abusing its dominant position in the EU by seeking and enforcing an injunction against Apple in Germany related to mobile phone patents, according to an initial antitrust review by the European Commission. The EC launched its investigation to determine whether Motorola Mobility is abusing its industry-essential patents to prohibit sales of products by competitors. Motorola Mobility reportedly sought an injunction against Apple in Germany regarding use of a patent related to the European Telecommunications Standardization Institute’s General Packet Radio Service standard for data, despite Apple’s offer to pay royalties. The patent in question is The EC preliminarily found that Motorola’s actions harm competition and result in less consumer choice. The next step before the EC makes formal antitrust charges is for the parties to submit responses to the initial findings and request a hearing. (Computerworld)(The New York Times)(European Commission)
 

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