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Motorola hit by two EU antitrust probes over patents

ZDNet - Europe's antitrust authorities have opened two investigations into possible patent misuse by Motorola, following complaints lodged by Apple and Microsoft.

The first probe covers Motorola's alleged failure to honour its promise to license certain patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, while the second "will examine whether Motorola's behaviour amounts to an abuse of a dominant market position", the European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

Apple and Microsoft both complained to European regulators in February that Motorola was breaching its FRAND obligations. The authorities said they will now look into the charges, which centre on article 102 of the EU's competition rules, "as a matter of priority".