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Motorola faces EU patent lawsuits probe

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Motorola Mobility's recent patent lawsuits have become the focus of two investigations by the European Commission.

The executive body is probing the telecoms firm following complaints from Apple and Microsoft, both of which battled sales injunctions brought about by the firm, BBC News reports.

Motorola has been accused of failing to license "essential" technologies on a fair and reasonable basis, allegations that the firm denies.

"The commission will examine whether Motorola's behaviour amounts to an abuse of a dominant market position," read a statement from the EU body.

The dispute centres on Frand-type patents relating to technologies deemed imperative to the industry, such as 3G. Motorola said in a statement issued ahead of the investigation that it will co-operate fully with the EU to resolve the matter.

"Motorola Mobility is confident that a thorough investigation will demonstrate that it has honoured its Frand obligations and complied with anti-trust laws," a statement from the firm said.

"[We] will continue to work closely with the European Commission to resolve this matter as soon as practicable."

The European Commission acted amid concerns that Google's imminent acquisition of Motorola could be detrimental to the industry if its patents licensing policy was not appropriately regulated.

Samsung faced a similar probe earlier this year when the Korean firm sued Apple for patent infringement in European territories.

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