US, Calif. Watchdogs Probe Tech Standards Group

Law360, New York (March 4, 2011, 5:12 PM EST) -- Patent pool licensing group MPEG LA LLC denied trying to squash a rival digital video format Friday amid reports that U.S. and California antitrust officials were investigating the organization.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the California's Office of the Attorney General are looking into whether the group, whose licensors include technology giants like Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., is trying to eliminate a free, open-source technology used to display digital videos online, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter....
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