Motorola Mobility and Microsoft in patent licensing cat fight

Usually, patent disputes are courtly affairs, decided before a judge and making most readers nod off and turn to the latest Lindsay Lohan news. Thank goodness for companies such as Motorola Mobility and Microsoft, who are having a very public cat-fight over patent royalties. You can hear the Silicon Valley hissing all the way from the East Coast.

Droid doesn’t (again): Motorola sees $86M Q1 loss, ships 8.9M phones

Motorola Mobility posted another not-so-hot earnings report for the first quarter today, with a net loss of $86 million on revenues of $3.1 billion. Considering Motorola lost $80 million in the fourth quarter last year, the company clearly needs to find some way to shape up to justify Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition (which is still pending).