The US DoJ closes its investigation regarding the acquisition of patents and applications from leading smartphone hardware manufacturer (Google / Motorola Mobility)

“Honor your commitments” - The patent gatekeeping problem after antitrust regulators in the United States and the European Union cleared Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s patent pool* On February 13, 2012, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (the Division) announced its decision to close its investigations in connection with: 1. Google Inc.’s (Google) acquisition of 17,000 patents and 6,800 applications (including hundreds of standard essential patents (SEPs) relevant to wireless devices) from Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (Motorola); 2. the acquisitions by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) of approximately 6,000 patents and patent applications including many SEPs relevant to wireless devices from Nortel Networks Corporation (Nortel); and 3.

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Norma Cerros, The US DoJ closes its investigation regarding the acquisition of patents and applications from leading smartphone hardware manufacturer (Google / Motorola Mobility), 13 February 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Licensing agreements, Art. N° 43914

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