Yesterday, a court ruled that Motorola did indeed infringe on a MMS patent that’s held by Intellectual Ventures. A US Jury in Delaware found Motorola did infringe on the patent. The jury did deliberate for about a day and a half, cleared Motorola on the second patent that they were accused of infringing on, which was related to wireless bandwidth. The jury found it was invalid. Currently, damages for the MMS patent have yet to be determined. These two companies faced off in February 2014, which ended in a mistrial after the jurors could not agree on a verdict. There’s another trial between the two that is slated to begin today, which includes a patent from Intellectual Ventures in regards to detachable computer devices.
“We are encouraged by today’s verdict,” said Melissa Finocchio, Intellectual Venture’s chief litigation counsel. “As we look ahead to the next trial, we remain committed to defending inventor rights and protecting the interests of our investors and customers.”
Intellectual Ventures was founded in 2000 in Bellevue, Washington. It’s one of the largest intellectual property owners in the world. Having more than 70,000 patents and patent applications to its name. They sued Motorola back in 2011, alleging that several of Motorola’s mobile devices infringed on their patents. Intellectual Ventures and others have been accused by some in the technology industry of burdening innovation by using the patents they buy to pursue lawsuits instead of building on products. Companies like Intellectual Ventures are the reason that Congress is working on patent reform. Also called, Patent Trolls.
Lenovo bought Motorola last year from Google, while Google kept a big number of their patents to use for Android, they sold the manufacturing part of Motorola to Lenovo. Lenovo hasn’t done a whole lot with Motorola just yet. After all the deal did close in October, so it hasn’t even been 6 months. Lenovo has planned to keep Motorola it’s own separate brand, but plan to use each brand to expand the other brand into other regions. For example, Lenovo is headquartered in China, and recently Motorola re-entered China with the Moto G, Moto X and Moto X Pro.