Motorola Urges 9th Circ. To Overturn Landmark RAND Ruling

Law360, New York (January 2, 2015, 4:44 PM EST) -- Motorola Inc. has hit back at Microsoft Corp.’s attempts to kill Motorola’s Ninth Circuit appeal of a decision that Motorola had breached an obligation to license its standard-essential patents to Microsoft on fair terms, saying that Microsoft is trying to evade infringement liability by hiding behind a breach-of-contract suit.

In a reply brief filed on Dec. 29, Motorola bashed the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant’s arguments in support of a September 2013 jury verdict ordering Motorola to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for failing to license its patents on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (often referred to as RAND...

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