Microsoft and Motorola ask court to keep certain details of patent suit sealed
During the trial, at both companies' request, Judge James Robart cleared the courtroom when sensitive issues or trade secrets were being discussed. Now, both tech firms want the court to keep sealed certain information. Motorola Mobility would like to prevent the public from knowing what it receives from third parties in the way of licensing fees for its patents, and Microsoft does not want the public to see certain marketing plans for future products. Motorola Mobility also would like to see any information about settlement talks between it and Microsoft remained sealed, saying that keeping the talks secret would encourage both parties to be open in the future, possibly paving the way to a settlement.
A ruling from the judge on the case isn't expected until after the ball drops in Times Square.