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Intellectual Ventures, Google face off as U.S. patent trial begins


By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) – Opening statements began on Thursday in patent owner Intellectual Ventures trial against Googles Motorola Mobility unit in a lawsuit that could be a bellwether on public opinion toward intellectual property. Intellectual Ventures (IV) claims that Motorola infringed on three patents covering a variety of smartphone-related technologies, including Google Play. Motorola has countered that the patents are not valid because the technology is already well-known to those within the industry, and that IV uses its patents to sue others rather than to innovate. Motorola, which developed the equipment used to broadcast Neil Armstrongs moon landing in 1969, reminded jurors of its history of building technology.

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