EU Dings Google's Motorola Mobility Unit For Patent Abuse
from the still-doesn't-make-any-sense dept
We’re still confused as to why Google has continued to have Motorola Mobility play the role of a patent bully ever since they bought it. Over a year ago, we suggested that Google could make a real statement on patents by stopping its aggressive patent licensing program via Motorola. After all, Google bought Motorola Mobility just a few weeks after the company appeared to be taking a strong stance against patent bullying. Ever since, it has seemed rather hypocritical for Motorola Mobility to have kept on being a patent bully.
And it seems to be backfiring all over the place. It was the one real area that Google got in trouble over with the FTC’s antitrust investigation. And, the patent legal fight with Microsoft hasn’t gone well for Motorola Mobility either. And, now, the latest bit of news is that the EU is coming down on Motorola Mobility for seeking an injunction over standard-essential patents as well.
Honestly, this whole thing has left me really confused. The patent aggression hasn’t worked out at all for Google, is leaving them wide open to fines and complaints from various powerful government bodies, isn’t doing much in the courts and (most importantly) is leaving the company itself wide open to charges of hypocrisy. Why not just do the right thing — the same thing that Google itself has done in the past, and which it has spoken out about on numerous occasions: stop being a patent bully. It makes no sense that they company has continued down this path.