Patent owner censured by US antitrust watchdog
The US antitrust authorities have taken unprecedented action to stop a company from enforcing its Ethernet technology patents in a way deemed to be anticompetitive
In an unusually broad exercise of power by the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC), patent enforcement company Negotiated Data
Solutions (N-Data) has been ordered to stop allegedly
anticompetitive enforcement of its patents covering the
The patents, US patent numbers 5,617,418 and 5,687,174, are related to
NWay Ethernet technology, which was adopted as an
industry standard by the standard-setting
organization, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE), in 1994.
According to the FTC, N-Datas predecessor company,
National Semiconductor Corporation, made a commitment...
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