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December 17, 2012

Microsoft and Motorola plead for secrecy in patent case

Court rivals do not want certain details to be made public

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit have asked a federal court judge in Western District of Washington, US, to keep certain parts of their patent case secret from public exposure.

The details include the terms of Motorola’s licenses with other firms and Microsoft’s upcoming marketing plans.

According to Reuters, both firms argued in the court filing that, "for the same compelling reasons that the court sealed this evidence for purposes of trial, it would be consistent and appropriate to take the same approach in connection with the parties’ post-trial submissions."

Motorola Mobility, acquired by Google in May this year, claimed that certain Microsoft products violate its H.264 patents. Earlier this month, the US District Court Judge James Robart denied Motorola Mobility’s request for an injunction on products manufactured by Microsoft.

Robart is not anticipated to rule in the case until early next year.

In October 2012, Microsoft added Google as a defendant in its patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola Mobility in Germany. In February 2012, Microsoft had asked EU antitrust regulators to intervene in a patent dispute with Google and Motorola Mobility, saying that Motorola is aggressively enforcing patent rights against rivals to stymie competition.

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