WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Companies that own a key
patent, such as those that ensure mobile and other electronic
devices work together, should be allowed to win sales bans as a
punishment for infringement only in rare, very specific cases,
the Justice Department and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said
in a joint policy statement on Tuesday.
The Federal Trade Commission, which with the Justice
Department enforces U.S. antitrust law, has also argued that
infringement of “standard essential patents” should be punished
with monetary damages, not bans, except in a handful of specific
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a major victory for Google Inc, U.S. regulators on Thursday ended their investigation into the giant Internet company and concluded that it had not manipulated its Web search results to hurt rivals.
The Federal Trade Commission did, however, win promises from Google that it would end the practice of “scraping” reviews and other data from rivals’ websites for its own products, and to allow advertisers to export data to independently evaluate advertising campaigns.
WASHINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators closed a
long-running investigation into allegations that Google
tweaks search results to hurt rival companies without finding
any wrongdoing, a decision that disappointed rivals and critics
of the Web search giant.
The Federal Trade Commission did, however, win promises from
Google that it would end t he practice of “scraping” reviews and
other data from rivals’ websites for its own products, and to
allow advertisers to export data to independently evaluate
advertising campaigns, the FTC said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Food companies spent
considerably less to advertise to children in 2009 than they did
in 2006 a s they shifted to the Internet, and products pitched to
kids got slightly healthier, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
said in a report on Friday.
Cereal makers, fast food restaurants and other food
companies spent $1.79 billion to advertise to children aged 2 to
17 in 2009, down almost 20 percent, on an inflation-adjusted
basis, from $2.1 billion three years earlier, the FTC said.
WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – A Senate committee sent the
nomination of Joshua Wright to join the Federal Trade Commission
on to the full Senate on Thursday, despite an acrimonious
confirmation hearing in which Wright pledged to recuse himself
from any Google investigation for two years because of
conflicts of interest.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
did not vote on Wright’s nomination, or that of other nominees,
because it was unable to reach a quorum, said a senate aide, who
asked not to be named.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are taking steps to protect the privacy of children when they go online by requiring parental consent before companies can collect certain information, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
The actions mark an update to rules that were based on the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, developed when most computers were big beige boxes sitting under office desks instead of smartphones in backpacks and permeating most aspects of daily life.
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators this week
could drop their investigation of how Google r anks
certain searches, wi thout re quiring any major changes in how the
online giant does business, according to two people
knowledgeable about the investigation.
Google had been accused of giving competitors in lucrative
areas like travel a lower ranking in search results, thus making
it harder for their customers to find them.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Federal regulators on Tuesday
gave satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp the
go-ahead to use wireless spectrum and also approved a framework
for a spectrum auction next year.
The Federal Communications Commission voted to allow Dish to
convert satellite spectrum for wireless use but would impose
restrictions that the company opposes. Dish is the No. 2
satellite U.S. television provider after DirecTV.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are near a settlement with Google Inc in a dispute over the search giant’s efforts to stop the sale of products it says infringe essential patents, according to two sources close to the probe.
But the Federal Trade Commission is not expected to reach a deal soon on the larger, more contentious issue of whether Google tweaks its search results to disadvantage rivals in travel, shopping and other specialized searches.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are investigating a number of companies in the mobile app marketplace for failing to protect children’s privacy or not disclosing what information is collected from users, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday.
The agency made the disclosure in releasing a report that found the makers of mobile apps designed for children had frequently failed to adequately inform parents about what information was collected about their children.