Motorola Mobility’s patent lawsuits have become the subject of two separate investigations by the European Commission.

This follows complaints made by Apple and Microsoft after Motorola had tried to block sales of its products.

Both firms say Motorola – which is in the process of being taken over by Google – failed to properly license “essential” technology on fair and reasonable terms.

This fresh dispute centres on Motorola’s use of the Frand-type (Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) patents, which involve technologies deemed to be essential and must be offered for a reasonable fee to any firm.

A statement from the European Commission said it will examine whether Motorola’s behaviour amounts to an abuse of a dominant market position.

Motorola released a statement that read: “Motorola Mobility is confident that a thorough investigation will demonstrate that it has honoured its Frand obligations and complied with anti-trust laws.”

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