“On Friday, the day after Google’s antitrust settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Microsoft filed a ‘notice of development in connection with Motorola’s H.264 standard essential patents’ with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), expressing the expectation that Google’s Motorola Mobility will withdraw its Xbox complaint shortly,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“The notice was filed ‘so that the resources of both the ITC and the parties may be conserved and not wasted on issues that Motorola has agreed to withdraw as a result of its settlement with the FTC,’” Mueller reports. “Anything less than an immediate withdrawal (or at least a motion for a stay during the public comment period on the proposed settlement) would call into question the suitability-to-task of the FTC-Google agreement as well as Google’s intent to comply. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz expressed at last week’s press conference the understanding that Google is going to abandon its quest for SEP-based import bans.”

Mueller reports, “Unlike Apple, Microsoft unconditionally committed to take a license on court-determined terms — and the FTC-Google deal is even meant to protect Apple, provided that it will commit to a license deal going forward. If Google kept pursuing its ITC case against Microsoft, it would almost certainly do so against Apple as well (the SEP-related part of the Apple ITC case was dismissed but is being appealed). This is the first test (but certainly not the last) for the FTC-Google agreement.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]

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