“The European Commission is considering whether to formally investigate complaints brought by Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. against Motorola about the use of key patents, the European Union’s competition chief said Friday,” Alessandro Torello reports for MarketWatch.

“Earlier this year, the commission, the EU’s antitrust body, received two complaints against Motorola Mobility Inc over the use of patents,” Torello reports. “Microsoft Corp. filed a competition complaint against Motorola and its soon-to-be owner Google Inc. in connection with Motorola’s handling of patents it holds that form part of industry-wide standards for Internet connectivity. Apple has also recently filed a suit in California aimed at warding off any injunctions from Motorola Mobility on one of Apple’s iPhones and last month made a similar complaint to the commission.”

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