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It’s a Date: Judge Sets TiVo-Motorola Court Battle

Patent Scrum Set for June 10, Bloomberg Reports 4/26/2013 1:27 PM Eastern

The DVR patent showdown between TiVo and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit will get underway on June 10, after a judge denied TiVo’s request to reschedule it,  Bloomberg reported Friday.

TiVo wanted to begin in August because its lead trial lawyer, Morgan Chu, is scheduled to for an unrelated trial in Nevada in June, Bloomberg said, adding that Motorola Mobility told the court that it would be ready in June and that it had conflicts for the dates TiVo requested.

TiVo has notched more than $1 billion in cash settlements with Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon Communications. TiVo shares rose 24 cents (2.12%) to close at $11.55 each Friday on news of the earlier trial date, but dipped 26 cents (2.25%) to $11.29 each in after-hours trading.

Google closed its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in May 2012. Last week, Arris sealed up its $2.35 billion acquisition of Motorola Home, the unit that makes set-tops, DVRs, cable modems and network access gear.

If Motorola Mobility loses big to TiVo, Arris is financially insulated. As a condition of its purchase of Motorola Home from Google, Arris is responsible for no more than $50 million in damages and royalties connected to TiVo’s pending litigation with Motorola Mobility.

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