Motorola in hot water over patent claim in the EU

The European Union on Monday chastised Google's Motorola Mobility for its pursuit of a lawsuit that sought to ban Apple products over their use of standard-essential patents -- those all companies need to license. The EU could fine Motorola for "misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice," said competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia. The news spurred questions over whether the millions of dollars that phone-makers have spent in the past few years pursuing their claims around the world have been worth the trouble and money.

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