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EU launches two antitrust probes against Motorola

The EU’s competition authority is to investigate whether investigations into whether the company is unfairly restricting competitors from accessing essential patents.

Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, left, is greeted by Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini at 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show
Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, left, is greeted by Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini at 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show
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THE EUROPEAN UNION’S competition watchdog says it has opened two investigations into whether Motorola Mobility, which is being bought by Google, is unfairly restricting competitors from accessing essential patents.

The formal investigations were announced Tuesday after Apple and Microsoft recently complained to the European Commission that Motorola Mobility was using injunctions against their key products including theiPhone, iPad or Xbox as a way of gaining an edge in the market for similar products.

Under EU law, companies that hold patents for technologies that are essential for industry standards have to make these available to rivals.

Standards ensure that devices from different producers can interact seamlessly with widely used networks, technologies and each other.

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