Google Inc. dropped two patents related to industrywide technical specifications from an infringement complaint against Microsoft Corp. at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where Google is seeking to block U.S. imports of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system.
Google Inc., avoiding a potentially costly legal battle with U.S. regulators, ended a 20-month antitrust probe by pledging to change some business practices and settling allegations it misused patents to thwart competitors in smartphone technology.
Hollywood-backed legislation to fight online piracy, shelved this year after an Internet protest led by Google Inc. and Wikipedia, is “dead,” said the head of the trade group for the largest movie studios.
Piracy of software made by companies including Microsoft Corp. and Symantec Corp. may have peaked last year as the recession led to changes in consumer behavior that kept illegal copying in check, an industry group said.
Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software maker, reshuffled top executives at its European and Chinese operations, after the company said Simon Leung quit as chief executive of the greater China region.
Google Inc.’s bid to block imports of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox gaming system and Apple Inc.’s iPhone based on patents owned by its Motorola Mobility unit may hurt competition, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.
The value of pirated software worldwide rose 14 percent to $58.8 billion last year, almost double the total in 2003, amid rising theft of programs in emerging markets, according to a trade group that tracks piracy.
The Canadian government has given the country’s Wheat Board four years to come up with a plan to become a private company or cooperative under legislation that would end the board’s monopoly on marketing wheat and barley.