European Commission may investigate Motorola Mobility’s use of FRAND patents against Apple, Microsoft

“Yesterday, the EU’s chief competition enforcer, European Commission Vice President and competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, told reporters that the ongoing antitrust inquiry into the use of patents related to mobile communications standards in connection with the dispute between Apple and Samsung is ‘not the only case,’ leaving the door open to a broadening of the investigation,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.

“I think Motorola Mobility is the likely next recipient of a questionnaire from Brussels,” Mueller writes. “While Samsung is asserting 3G-related patents against Apple in at least five EU member states, Motorola Mobility is litigating in the largest EU member state — Germany — against both Apple and Microsoft over at least three patents declared essential to two different industry standards.”

Mueller writes, “If it hasn’t already happened, I believe MMI is somewhat likely to receive a request for information. The recent default judgment and the Northern California filing aren’t conclusive evidence of abuse, but it’s now official that MMI is asserting declared-essential patents in ways that triggereed FRAND defenses just like many of Samsung’s assertions against Apple did.”

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