FTC staff reportedly recommends antitrust lawsuit against Google

The agency has been investigating claims that the company unfairly disadvantaged competitors in search results and refused to license essential patent technology

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will reportedly recommend that the U.S. government sue Google Inc. for violations of antitrust law.

Google stands accused of a host of anti-competitive practices, including charges that it attempted to keep competitors from using certain smartphone patents. Under antitrust law, holders of “standard essential patents”—patents that are central to developing industry-standard products—must license those patents on fair and reasonable terms. But Google has reportedly run afoul of the FTC by attempting to stop U.S. imports of Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. products, on the grounds that the devices infringe patents held by Google-owned Motorola Mobility.

Alanna Byrne

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