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Patent pugilist Microsoft is back in court today to argue that rival Motorola breached its obligation to license standards-essential smartphone patents on reasonable terms. Noted IP Prof Mark Lemley says the interesting question here is: if Motorola did breach, what’s the remedy? This dispute over so-called FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) is esoteric even by IP standards, and one can only wonder if a Seattle jury is the best authority to decide the question.

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A military judge sentenced Private Bradley Manning, who famously leaked classified US documents to Wikileaks, to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act. Manning also received a dishonorable discharge from the military. His lawyer is expected to make a statement later today. The Guardian has a live blog of the day’s events.

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