Google pact with FTC could affect other patent disputes

A neon Google logo is seen at the new Google office in TorontoNEW YORK (Reuters) – While the focus of last week's agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and Google Inc was search, the deal's restrictions on how Google uses its patents could have a broader impact on the technology industry. Under the deal, which ended an antitrust investigation by the FTC and disappointed many critics, Google will make only minor changes to its search business. But Google is also now limited in when it can seek injunctions against products from rival companies that use certain of its patents. …


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