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In November, a bench trial officially began, further reviewing Motorola’s claims, and assessing the validity of its licensing fees. Now, a judge has ruled that Motorola’s patents are worth significantly less than the total $4 billion in licensing fees.

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In an interview with PC Magazine, Motorola design chief Jim Wicks sheds some light on what’s been going on at Motorola since Google assumed control. “We’ve been spending the past eight months on this next generation of phones, and we’ve all seen positive feedback and collaboration around things.” Wicks said, also noting that other Google departments are turning to Motorola for advice and insight on things they may have some expertise in.

Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman, speaks during a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 in New York, where Motorola introduced three new smartphones, the first since it became a a part of Google. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

This morning, at All Things D: Dive into Mobile, Schmidt made another interesting statement. He said he has seen Motorola’s upcoming devices, and they are “phenomenal”. He went on to say they were “Phone plus” devices. That’s high praise, and further teases the rumored Motorola X phone.