What would it take to win an antitrust lawsuit against the world's largest search engine? A highly successful prosecutor is a good first step for the Federal Trade Commission, which has launched an investigation into Google's business practices. The agency has hired an attorney who is best known for winning a death sentence against Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Although there's no guarantee the investigation will result in a trial, the hiring of the former Department of Justice prosecutor is a strong sign the FTC is considering commercial litigation against the Internet giant.
Antitrust regulators appear to be taking a closer look at the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google. Officials for Google and Motorola report they have been asked to supply additional information about the planned acquisition by the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
As the market for smartphone technologies continues to grow, so do the legal disputes between large technology corporations. Oracle is bringing an intellectual property lawsuit against Google for an infringement of their patents. In a recent development, the U.S. district judge hearing the case rejected the estimated damages that Oracle had provided.
A recent business move by both Apple and Google toward purchasing a great deal of technology patents has alerted the attention of the Department of Justice. According to a recent article in the International Business Times by James Lee Phillips, the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating possible antitrust issues with Apple and Google in this potential purchase.
Google recently announced the launch of its new business venture, Google Wallet. Last week, PayPal and eBay sued Google over Google Wallet, saying that the service was developed by former PayPal and eBay employees who had illegally shared trade secrets and intellectual property with Google. PayPal and eBay are alleging breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets in the development of Google Wallet because former employees of both companies were instrumental in Google's new online payment service.
Google is quickly moving forward on its robot car business venture. The company says the car is still in its testing phase, but it is already working on legislation in at least one state in order to test more cars.
In our previous post, we discussed a recent article in The New York Times that takes an in-depth look at one of Google's innovative new business ventures: creating a self-driving, or autonomous car. Google's robot car project stands as an inspiring example of a company that keeps inventing and forming new businesses and, in doing so, only increases its success.
Google is an example of a wildly successful company that does not rest on its laurels. Instead, the company continues to branch out in innovative and original ways. An article that appeared over the weekend in The New York Times took an in-depth look at one of Google's new business ventures: self-driving cars.