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November 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Microsoft-Motorola patent trial ends

The patent trial between Microsoft and Motorola being heard this month in a U.S. District Court in Seattle has concluded.

No closing statements were presented. Rather, post-trial briefs that will essentially serve as each side’s closing statements are due to the court by Dec. 14.

Judge James Robart is expected to issue his decision in the spring.

The trial is one of several globe-spanning patent battles between Microsoft and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. At stake are billions of dollars.

It stems from Microsoft’s contention that Motorola was asking too much for use of some of its patents that are essential to industry standards. Motorola had asked for a 2.25 percent royalty on the end price of Xbox and Windows devices — which Microsoft says would amount to about $4 billion a year. Motorola says its 2.25 percent ask was an opening offer toward further negotiations.

Judge Robart is expected to issue a decision on what a reasonable royalty rate or range is for such patents — the first time a federal judge would be issuing such a ruling.

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