updated 12:53 pm EDT, Fri April 25, 2014
Phone maker will likely have to drop injunctions
Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility will probably avoid an antitrust fine when the European Commission rules on a dispute with Apple, which should happen as soon as next week, two sources tell Bloomberg. Motorola has been accused of using patents simply to block sales of Apple products, but it's believed that the Commission will only order it to drop injunctions over standards-essential patents. The European Union's antitrust head, Joaquin Almunia, recently promised that a decision would be made in the Motorola case by the end of April.
Almunia has declared he is addressing the "rules of the game" with complaints to deter companies from exploiting patents as competitive weapons. Apple is engaged in a legal war with Samsung and Motorola over their Android phones, which it accuses of stealing core concepts. Critics have charged that Apple is mainly interested in slowing Android's advance on the iPhone.