FTC won’t bring charges against Google on search, patents (Updated)

Posted by BernardSwiss on Jan 4, 2013 9:41 AM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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US v. Google is not going to be the tech trial of the decade. Today the government has wrapped up a wide-ranging investigation of the search giant's practices in both its core search business, and its use of standards-based patents. No major charges will be brought.

Google agreed to a series of changes in its business practices in search. For example, the company will stop scraping content from "vertical" websites that focus on shopping or travel for use in its own products. Google also agreed to stop using its standard-essential patents to seek injunctions, which should force a major change in the company's litigation strategy. The commission voted 4-1 to end the patent investigation with a consent decree, and the vote to close the search investigation without action was 5-0.

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