In 2011 Intellectual Ventures sued Motorola, claiming the mobile phone maker infringed smartphone-related technology patents. Motorola has denied the allegations and will go to trial over three of those patents. So, this week Intellectual Ventures is set to face Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit in the first trial that the multibillion-dollar patent-buying firm has undertaken.
The trial is taking place during a debate in Congress over patent reform, in which Intellectual Ventures and Google are on opposite sides. Google is backing attempts to curb software patents and make it easier to fight lawsuits, while IV has warned that Congress should not act rashly to weaken patent owners' rights.