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Intellectual Ventures Drags Motorola to Court Over Patent Infringement

Intellectual Ventures has filed a lawsuit against soon-to-be-acquired smartphone maker Motorola Mobility, claiming that it infringes six of the patents.

The patent company, which was founded by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, filed the patent infringement lawsuit in the US federal court in Delaware.

According to Business Week (opens in new tab), the patents cited by Intellectual Ventures are related to the mobile computing and file transfer.

The company, which owns more than 35,000 patents and fashions itself as an innovation company, claimed that it had approached Motorola for possible patent licensing but the two firms failed to come to terms. Intellectual Ventures claims that its six patents are being violated in 18 of Motorola’s devices.

“Intellectual Ventures has successfully signed licensing agreements with many of the top handset manufacturers in the world, and has been in discussions with Motorola Mobility for some time,” said chief litigation counsel Melissa Finocchio in a statement.

“Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach agreement on a license. We have a responsibility to our current customers and our investors to defend our intellectual property rights against companies such as Motorola Mobility who use them without a license.” she added.

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