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Apple, Motorola drop patents in ongoing lawsuit

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Apple and Google’s Motorola have dropped 14 patents from litigation in the Southern District of Florida, reports “FOSS Patents” (http://tinyurl.com/l866olz). This narrows the claims to a total of eight patents in the lawsuit, which is slated to go to trial next year.

This is part of an ongoing battle. Apple has alleged that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining three with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not exclusively iPhone, iPad and iPod). Litigation between the two companies has taken place in several different federal courts.

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