Apple And Motorola Agree To Drop 14 Patents From Trial

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Apple and Motorola are set to do battle in a Miami courtroom in August 2014, but before the fight can begin, the two companies have decided to drop 14 patents from litigation.

At the behest of Federal Judge Robert N. Scola, the two companies are starting narrow down the list of patents they want to sue each other over. The trial originally started with 24 patents under review, but Apple dropped six patents yesterday and Motorola dropped eight. 

Apple had previously dropped two patents, so the companies now stand even with four patents each to assert, assuming the court approves the stipulation, which is pretty likely.

Court documents show that Apple has withdrawn a few patents related to Motorola’s set-top box business, while Motorola is giving up on suing over push notification alerts.

According to FOSS Patents, it looks like both companies are focused on using patents that could give them some leverage if they obtain injunctive relief, while patents that could result in lucrative damaging awards are taking a backseat because Apple knows that no amount of cash it wins from Google’s subsidiary will really help the two companies reach a settlement.

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