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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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July 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Sinofsky signs non-compete agreement with Microsoft; will help company in lawsuits against it

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Photo from Microsoft)

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky (Photo from Microsoft)

Steven Sinofsky, the former president of Windows who left the company in November, has agreed to not compete with the company by accepting employment at certain competitors or by encouraging certain Microsoft customers to choose competing products.

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April 26, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Judge’s ruling favorable to Microsoft in patent battle; no billions for Motorola

A federal judge in Seattle, in a case that has potentially wide-reaching ramifications for tech companies worldwide, has issued a ruling favorable to Microsoft in its ongoing patent battle with Google’s Motorola.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Thursday made public his ruling determining how much would be fair for Motorola to ask Microsoft to pay for using certain patented Motorola technologies in its products.

The resulting amount, based on the rates set by Robart, is very close to what Microsoft had proposed as reasonable, and is far less than what Motorola had asked for.

Motorola had asked initially for 2.25 percent of the sale price of each Xbox and Windows — a rate that Microsoft said would amount to paying Motorola $4 billion annually.

Microsoft had said that $1.2 million annually might be a reasonable amount to pay Motorola.

Judge Robart set royalty rates that, according to Microsoft, would amount to the company paying about $1.8 million annually to Motorola.

“This decision is good for consumers because it ensures patented technology committed to standards remains affordable for everyone,” David Howard, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, said in a statement.

A Google spokesman issued a statement saying that: “Motorola has licensed its substantial patent portfolio on reasonable rates consistent with those set by others in the industry.”

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March 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Want to see what patents Microsoft holds? Here’s how

Microsoft today made good on a pledge from earlier this year that it would publish by April 1, on the Web, information that would allow anyone to determine which patents the company owns. The company today is launching its “patent tracker tool,” which allows users to download the entire list of patents owned by 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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February 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Microsoft signs Nikon to Android patent licensing deal, pushes for patent reforms

Add Nikon to the list of companies who’ve agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for using Android. Microsoft says that certain technologies used in the Android platform, which Google offers for free, infringe on patents held by Microsoft. A number of companies that manufacture devices running on Android, including Samsung, HTC and LG, have signed patent agreements…

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