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January 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Google keeps most patents even as it sells Motorola phone biz to Lenovo

Google today confirmed reports that it’s selling its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Interestingly, Google will keep the “vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures,” the company said in a joint news release with Lenovo. “As part of its ongoing relationship with…

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September 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Presiding juror in Microsoft-Motorola trial a renowned geneticist

Among the interesting tidbits to come out of the recently concluded Microsoft-Motorola patent trial is this fact: The presiding juror was Mary-Claire King, a University of Washington professor and a renowned geneticist who played a leading role in the identification of breast cancer genes. King, who declined to comment on the trial, led the…

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September 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Jury decides in Microsoft’s favor in patent battle with Motorola

The jury in a long-running patent trial between Microsoft and Motorola has decided in Microsoft’s favor, saying that Motorola breached its agreements to provide  licenses to certain of its patents on fair and reasonable terms.

The U.S. District Court jury in Seattle, which deliberated for about three hours, awarded Microsoft about $15 million in damages — about half of what Microsoft had sought.

This means that Microsoft has won both rounds of a patent battle in which the court decided that Motorola’s patents in the case were worth far less than Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, had initially asked Microsoft  for.

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August 26, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Microsoft and Motorola return to court for more patent battling

[Update 9:20 p.m.: My story from today's Day 1 of the trial is here.]

From earlier:

[Note: I will be at the courthouse starting at 9 a.m. Monday to cover the opening day of this trial. Jury selection is scheduled to take place in the morning; opening statements may start as soon as this afternoon. Follow along on Twitter at @janettu.]

Microsoft and Motorola head to federal court in Seattle today for the start of part 2 of a patent trial that has become part of the larger battle between Microsoft and Google, which now owns Motorola Mobility.

A jury will decide whether Motorola breached its agreement to provide certain of its industry-standard patents to Microsoft on fair and reasonable terms.

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July 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Microsoft sues U.S. Customs, seeks to enforce ban on some Motorola phones

Microsoft today filed a lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking a court order forcing Customs to enforce an import ban against certain Motorola smartphones.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Washington D.C., accuses the U.S. agencies of “arbitrary refusal to enforce an order” of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

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May 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM

ITC rules Microsoft’s Xbox doesn’t infringe on Motorola patent

The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to make final a judge’s preliminary ruling that Microsoft’s Xbox console does not infringe on a Motorola patent.

The decision brings to a close a case in which Motorola — now owned by Google — had sought an import ban into the U.S. of all Xbox consoles, claiming that certain technologies used in the Xbox violate Motorola’s patents. (Xbox console are manufactured mainly in China.)

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March 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

ITC judge rules in favor of Microsoft in patent battle with Motorola

Corrected version

A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an initial ruling that Microsoft’s Xbox console does not infringe on a Motorola patent.

The administrative law judge’s decision today, if upheld by the ITC’s full six-member commission that will review the case in July, means it would be impossible for Motorola, now owned by Google, to be granted an import ban on the Xbox, as it had sought.

Today’s decision stems from a case in which Motorola claims that certain technologies used in the Xbox violates its patents. Motorola sought a ban from the ITC  on the import into the U.S. of all Xbox consoles, which are manufactured mainly in China.

“We are disappointed with today’s determination and look forward to the full commission’s review,” Google said in a statement.

Microsoft issued a statement from David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, saying: “We are pleased with the administrative law judge’s finding that Microsoft did not violate Motorola’s patent and are confident that this determination will be affirmed by the commission. The ITC has already terminated its investigation on the other four patents originally asserted by Motorola against Microsoft.”

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March 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

August date set for Microsoft vs Motorola trial, the sequel

Judge James Robart has set Aug. 26 as the start date for what’s essentially Part 2 of a U.S. District Court patent trial battle between Microsoft and Motorola. Microsoft, which filed the initial lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, contends that Motorola asked Microsoft to pay too much in licensing fees for some of…

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