The nation’s largest patent licensing company, Intellectual Ventures (IV), was founded as a kind of patent defense fund, but IV ultimately turned to the classic “patent troll” model of suing tech companies for infringement, back in 2010. Several have settled with IV, but a few have refused, pushing IV’s claims to be an “invention marketplace” into court.

The first company to take an IV case to a jury trial was Google-owned Motorola.

The case was filed in 2011, and a jury trial began on January 23 over three patents related to smartphone technologies, including some claims alleged to cover aspects of the Google Play marketplace.

Now, the Wilmington, Delaware-based trial has ended in a mistrial, with jurors unable to reach a unanimous conclusion about which side should win the case. Deliberations began Tuesday, and Reuters was first to report the mistrial on Wednesday evening.     

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