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In re FTC Proceedings Against Motorola Mobility and Google
(Regulatory Proceeding)
On February 22, 2013, WLF filed formal comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging it to cease its efforts to prevent certain patent holders from filing lawsuits seeking to prevent others from using their patents. In particular, WLF urged the FTC to withdraw a complaint filed against Motorola Mobility LLC and Google Inc., in which the FTC asserted that Motorola and Google engaged in “unfair methods of competition” when they filed patent infringement lawsuits seeking injunctive relief. WLF charged that the Commission’s complaint violates the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, which provides that efforts to influence public officials do not violate the antitrust laws even when the efforts are designed to eliminate competition. WLF noted that the doctrine is founded on the First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances. WLF filed in response to the FTC’s request for comments on its proposed Consent Agreement with Motorola and Google.
Case Status:
Awaiting FTC action.
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