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Motorola Settles Patent Infringement Case With VTech

Motorola Inc. (MOT) says it has settled a patent infringement case with VTech Holdings (VTKHY.PK), which, in part, makes cordless telephones.

A lawsuit was pending in the Eastern District of Texas, a jurisdiction known for handling high-tech cases, and churning through them quickly. But judges didn’t have the chance to address the litigation, as Motorola and VTech reached what a Motorola representative called “an amicable resolution.”

The settlement related to six patents Motorola said VTech was using without permission. Details of the agreement, financial or otherwise, were not released. However, it appears Motorola now is licensing its intellectual property to VTech, as it does with a number of companies in the telecommunications industry.

Motorola may have won this round against a rival – but it’s facing at least one patent infringement, too.

Judah Klausner, who seems to have sued everyone in telecom – from Apple, AT&T and Google to Vonage, Cisco and Verizon – in November filed patent infringement lawsuits against Motorola and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.

Klausner is considered to be one of the inventors of the PDA; he also holds a visual voice mail patent and has swung that weight around mightily in recent years as device makers and software developers make voice mail more efficient as a visual application.

He’s accusing RIM, which recently released the BlackBerry Bold 9700, and Motorola, which launched the CLIQ mobile phone in September 2009, of violating his property.

Klausner’s company, Klausner Technologies Inc., filed the latest case in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. The venue has served plaintiffs such as Klausner well, because defendants often have little time to prepare. But now, as the court’s reputation for speed has become more widely known, the docket is growing backlogged, which means longer times to trial.

Google and Verizon, among others, have settled with Klausner. They probably figured it would cost less to pay him off than battle in court for months or years.


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