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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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A US Military judge acquitted Private Bradley Manning, who gave government documents to the website Wikileaks, of “aiding the enemy,” a charge that could have resulted in a life sentence. The judge did, however, convict him of violating the Espionage Act which is likely to lead to jail time. The New York Times has reactions to the verdict here.

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