Intellectual Ventures Sues Motorola Mobility
Intellectual Ventures (IV) announced it filed suit against Motorola Mobility for alleged infringement of six patents. The complaint, filed in the District of Delaware, claims IV attempted to negotiate a licensing agreement with Motorola Mobility prior to filing suit. Last month, Google announced it would buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Of the six patents-in-suit, three relate to software and file transfer, one to a docking station for a handset, and one to key exchange between networked devices. One of the patents was the subject of litigation filed against Apple and Microsoft in 2004- Teleshuttle v. Microsoft et al. In 2006, BTG announced it, “sold its rights to Teleshuttle Technologies LLC’s web-enabled software updating, active desktop and offline browsing patents to TwinTech E.U., LLC, a US company, based in Delaware.” BTG also announced it would receive, “an immediate down payment of $35 million, the gross payment before revenue sharing and costs, plus a share of future profits earned by TwinTech E.U. from commercialising these patents.” TwinTech EU’s rights were assigned to Intellectual Ventures I, LLC in a merger conveyance recorded September 7, 2011. 10/6, District of Delaware, 1:2011cv00908.