The approval would speed the way for Google to take advantage of Motorola's stash of valuable technology patents, allowing it to better defend its partners against the legal onslaught of Apple. The European Union's European Commission has set a deadline of Monday to clear the deal.
The U.S. and European regulators, however, remain concerned over how neutral Google will be in licensing out the patents on fair terms, the Wall Street Journal reported today, citing anonymous sources. With Motorola, Google gets thousands of patents deemed integral to wireless technology, and is bound by the licensing principles of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or frand.
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A representative from the Justice Department wasn't immediately available for comment to CNET.
The various technology companies have taken to the courtroom as a second front. In particular, Apple has set off a round of litigation between it and the various Android partners, including Samsung Electronics, Motorola, and HTC. But the Android makers have used integral patents that have fall under frand in counter-suits, further complicating the various legal clashes.
Google, meanwhile, said today in a letter to the IEEE standards board that it would be fair in how it licensed the patents it will gain from Motorola, and wouldn't show bias toward any handset manufacturer.