“The Federal Trade Commission is backing Apple in the company’s battle with Google over standard-essential patents (SEP), arguing that any attempt to ban a product for allegedly infringing an SEP ‘risks harming competition, innovation, and consumers,’” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“The patents Motorola had attempted to assert against Apple were SEPs, which it is obligated to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms,” Paczkowski reports. “And in the FTC’s eyes, using the threat of SEP-based injunctions to demand higher royalties or other favorable licensing terms is bad business. It’s a ‘patent hold-up,’ to quote the agency’s term.”

Paczkowski reports, “It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time the FTC has sounded off on SEP-driven lawsuits and Google’s efforts to use them to enhance its negotiating stance. Back in June, the agency told the Federal Trade Commission that Google’s request for import bans against Microsoft’s Xbox and Apple’s iPhone for their alleged infringement of its SEPs could hurt competition.”

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