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European Commission probes Motorola Mobility over patent abuse

Responding to complaints by Apple and Microsoft, the European Commission, Europe's competition regulator has launched two antitrust investigations into Motorola Mobility to assess whether the firm abused its standard-essential patents with unfair licensing conditions and litigation against rivals.

U.S. PTO invalidates Rambus' third "Barth" patent

The appeals board at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a ruling on January 24 that invalidates the third Barth patent held by Rambus, pertaining to memory chips used in computers which the firm successfully used to intimidate…

Google expands patent portfolio with another 217 from IBM

Google ended the year by doing a little patent shopping from IBM's vast portfolio, acquiring 217 patents from the technology giant, in what is likely an effort to further strengthen its Android platform in the face of increased pressure from…