Xbox violates Motorola Mobility patents says Judge

Motorola aims to block imports of the Xbox into the US

Microsoft could see imports of its Xbox console blocked in the US if Motorola Mobility gets its way. David Shaw, a judge for the US International Trade Commission, ruled that Microsoft was violating four of five Motorola Mobility patents.

A separate judge, however, found that Motorola Mobility infringed just one of seven Microsoft patents.

Judge Shaw's findings are still subject to review by the six-member commission, which has the power to ban imports that infringe US patents, Bloomberg noted. Microsoft may be forced into settlement talks with Motorola to avoid any such ban.

Motorola Mobility actually filed suit against Microsoft in response to Microsoft lodging complaints against Motorola over patent-infringement claims involving Motorola Mobility phones that run on Google's Android operating system.

"Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility's patent portfolio, and we remain confident in our position," said Becki Leonard, a spokeswoman for Motorola Mobility. "This case was filed in response to Microsoft's litigate-first patent attack strategy, and we look forward to the full commission's ruling in August."

For its part, Microsoft stands firm that it will be vindicated once the commission finishes its investigation (expected around August 23). "Today's recommendation by the administrative law judge is the first step in the process leading to the commission's final ruling," Microsoft said in a statement. "We remain confident the commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft's favor in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard-essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms."

Two of the patents in question are related to an industry standard for video decoding, another two are for Wi-Fi technology and a fifth patent deals with communication between the Xbox and accessories.

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis5 years ago
Does anyone remember when companies used to MAKE things to make money instead of spend all day in court in legal battles? Those were the good old days.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd5 years ago
Patents are killing technology and innovation.
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Andrew Ihegbu / 5 years ago
The funny thing is that all five patents are actually being infringed. THe only thing MS is arguing is that those patents are 'standard-essential' to the Wi-Fi international standard.

The problem is that maybe 50% of the patents owned by MS are just rephreased versions of Apple's, Samsung's, Google's, Sun's (insert more multi-billion dollar companies with a software division) because nobody can be bothered to actually look through the 20 million patents that exist to see if anybody else did it first.

The government knows that but to them its just a great money spinner.
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@Barrie agreed. I sincerely feel like companies are behaving nowadays with a level of maturity and respect for the rights of others that I last saw in kindergarten. It is shameful no matter which side of the patent argument you stand on -- if you are for software patents, then it is shameful that they are infringed so often without a care for the consequences. If you are against them, then it is shameful how many software patents have been granted. That people hoard patents like munitions for war saddens me. That people abuse the rights of others and clone games, thus providing a good argument for patents, saddens me as well. Either way, every passing day finds me feeling my species is more primitive and shortsightedly self-interested than the day before.
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James Gallagher Marketing Manager, Futuremark Corporation5 years ago
"Patent War is a fantastic game. Sure, the cost of entry is high and the learning curve is super steep, but once you get into it, it's amazing."
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 5 years ago
I love how this backfired against Microsoft, who actually fired the first shot at Motorola. Until then ironically Motorola had happily been letting them get away with using the patents.
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