Computerworld: “Google antitrust settlement reshapes patent disputes”

. . . The patent portion of the FTC settlement will be important for Google’s competitors in the mobile industry, said Darren Hayes, chairman of the computer information systems department at Pace University.

. . . The patent portion of the FTC settlement will be important for Google’s competitors in the mobile industry, said Darren Hayes, chairman of the computer information systems department at Pace University in New York City.

Hayes questioned why the FTC wasn’t tougher in other sections of the settlement, but suggested that the patent provisions take away some of Google’s negotiating power in patent infringement disputes.

“This is a big deal, because I think that the FTC recognized that Motorola Mobility held so many important patents, in terms of the advancement of smartphone technology,” Hayes said. “If they didn’t force Google to relinquish the control of those patents, it was going to affect the advancement of smartphone technology very seriously.”

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