FTC to ITC: Don’t Ban iPhone, Xbox Imports

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Google wants a U.S. import ban on Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s Xbox over claims the products infringe on patents it owns, but the Federal Trade Commission thinks that’s a bad idea. Google acquired the patents when it bought Motorola Mobility, and now wants to use those patents to block Apple and Microsoft from bringing its products into the country even though the patents are considered key to industry standards.

FTC doesn't want Google to win an iPhone injunctionFTC doesn’t want Google to win an iPhone injunction

The FTC said there need to be limits on how industry standard-related patents are used for import injunctions, according to Bloomberg. In a statement filed with the International Trade Commission, the FTC said the agency should “consider the impact of [standards essential patents] hold-up on competitive conditions and United States consumers.”

Part of the FTC’s argument, according to Foss Patents, is that blocking the import of products like the iPhone and Xbox, could lead to higher prices for consumers and undermine the standards setting process at the same time.

“The FTC just wants to ensure that SEP holders get compensated based on the value of their actual innovation, as opposed to exploiting a gatekeeper role through hold-up,” Florian Mueller of Foss Patents said.

Since federal regulations require the ITC to consult with the FTC, Department of Justice as part of its investigations, the FTC statement will likely pull a lot of weight. As such, it seems somewhat unlikely that Google will be able to use its recently acquired patents to keep popular products like the iPhone and Xbox out of the United States — or to use the threat as a bargaining tool.

Comments

Mike

Google bullcrap motto in action: don’t be evil…

e

typical google douchebagishness. so much for ‘don’t be evil’... That’s a load of crap. I expected better from them than to turn into patent-whoring trolls.

geoduck

Well to be fair they did spend many billions of $$ for Motorola and are seeing its portfolio evaporating before their eyes. A little panic is to be expected.

/sarcasm

Dave

“now wants to use those patents to block Apple and Microsoft from bringing its products into the country even though the patents are considered key to industry standards.”


Well that dint take long. So much for acquiring Moto for “defensive” purposes. Doubt this will shut the Google Fandroids up. Apple has yet to sue anyone for a industry standards patent. Yet Moto and Samsung who have are some how not the villains here.

Nicci

I don’t see any stores without the products from Microsoft and Apple.
I DID see stores, that weren’t allowed to sell Google Android products.


I do see the FTC (claiming they) consider what is important from a customers point of view instead of sticking to patent law.
I DIDN’T see the FTC doing so, when it affected Android customers.

In my opinion it’s just boring standard procedure with interests involved that doesn’t involve ANY customer.

So if that’s neccessary to stop Apple etc. from fighting competition in absurd court sessions instead in the field of innovation…

PS: Writing this comment using reCaptcha wink

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