Federal Trade Commission Settles Investigation of Google, Inc.'s Business Practices

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Pryor Cashman Partner Jeffrey Johnson, a member of the firm’s Corporate Group, and Partner James Klaiber and Associate Ryan Osterweil, members of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, have written an informative legal update, entitled "Federal Trade Commission Settles Investigation of Google, Inc.'s Business Practices," discussing the recent Statement and Opinion of the Federal Trade Commission settling its investigation into allegedly anti-competitive actions by Google, Inc.

On January 3, 2013, The Federal Trade Commission issued a Statement regarding its enforcement action against Google, Inc., ending an investigation into allegations of unfair methods by breaching its commitments to license standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (“FRAND”) terms. The settlement required Google to withdraw all claims for injunctive relief based on such standard-essential patents to which it owes a FRAND licensing obligation.

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