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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating Google over patent abuse charges against Motorola Mobility Unit, which is now owned by Google. The FTC have allegedly issued a civil investigative demand and will be seeking to establish whether or not Motorola is reaching out to rivals such as Microsoft and Apple and making good faith efforts to license its technology to these competitors.

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating Google over patent abuse charges against Motorola Mobility Unit, which is now owned by Google. The FTC have allegedly issued a civil investigative demand and will be seeking to establish whether or not Motorola is reaching out to rivals such as Microsoft and Apple and making good faith efforts to license its technology to these competitors.

An anti-trust investigation is already being conducted by the FTC to establish whether Google’s search-result rankings and other business practices are carried out in a way that is detrimental to competitors.

"We take our commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non- discriminatory terms very seriously and are happy to answer any questions," a Google spokeswoman said today.

Earlier this month, the FTC filed a statement with the ITC, whose primary responsibility is to protect US markets from unfair trade practices, recommending that limits should be placed on efforts by corporations to attain orders blocking imports of competitors’ products over the use of patents that are essential to industry-wide technological developments..

With regards to Motorola, the question at hand is whether it is licensing its patented technology on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. FRAND terms, which are intended to ensure that major corporations avoid abusive patent-related behavior, are an essential check and balance in the Information Technology industry and any behavior that seems to not be fair and reasonable can lead to complaints being filed by rivals.

For instance, Motorola has been accused of demanding excessive licensing fees for legal access to its technology. Microsoft has made claims that Motorola has demanded about $4 billion per year for patents related to its Xbox gaming console. Motorola asserts that there is no truth to these claims.

The European Commission has already opened a patent abuse investigation into Motorola, due to complaints from Microsoft and Apple.