Looks like this time Google is under the Federal Trade Commission’s radar. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the FTC has formally recommended lawsuit to be brought up against Google for anti-competitive practices coming form it’s technology practices. Bloomberg said that a majority of the FTC’s 5 commissioners want to bring this lawsuit up to Google. But we probably won’t see a decision on this until after the presidential election next Tuesday.
Back in June, the FTC started request information from Microsoft and Apple about the search giant’s willingness to license technology under patents necessary for 3G wireless, Wifi, and Video streaming. These patents are also known as “standard-essential patents” and the Federal Trade Commission works to ensure they can be licensed to competitors on fair terms. We also found out that Google sought to have Microsoft and Apple products blocked from crossing the border into the US.
Before Google bought Motorola, they pursued litigation over industry-standard patents against their biggest competitors Apple and Google. Now if Motorola is successful this could block devices like the Xbox, iPhone and iPads from coming into the US.
If this lawsuit does get brought, it would remain a seperate investigation from potential anti-competitive behavior in the company’s search and advertising business.
So that’s that. Kind of surprised to see Microsoft in this, but after all they are still a competitor to Google and Apple. What are your thoughts on this potential lawsuit?