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Preliminary Ruling Finds the Xbox 360 Infringes on Motorola Patents - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 April 2012 / 4,408 Views

David P. Shaw an administrative law judge at the United State International Trade Commission in a preliminary ruling has found that Microsoft's Xbox 360 infringes on four of Motorola's patents. Most of the patents cover H.264 video encoding and Microsoft will need to get proper licenses if the decision is upheld in the final ruling. Failing to do so could mean that the Xbox 360 would be banned from US shelves.Microsoft will work with its lawyers to try to change the decision by the full panel of ITC judges. 

"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."

"Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio, and we remain confident in our position," Motorola said in a statement. "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."

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UnknownFact (on 23 April 2012)

Century of Corporate Patent Wars.

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Chark (on 23 April 2012)

Ha, that would be crazy.

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D-Joe Chark (on 23 April 2012)

i think it's common in US

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Mnementh Chark (on 24 April 2012)

Here in Germany we have a fresh ruling, that allows to forbids Nokia and HTC to sell phones with UMTS, IPCom (no they produce nothing except lawsuits)holds a patent they claim is important for UMTS. Also for some time Apple successfully removed Samsungs tablets here in germany from the shelves, until Samsung changed them. The counter-attacks from Samsung are in the courts. Maybe in some years all technical devices are crippled to avoid patent-infringements.

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Mr Puggsly (on 24 April 2012)

I think worst case scenario Motorola would be happy just getting paid a ton of money.

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piggychan (on 24 April 2012)

MS just buy Motorola with those billions..

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Mnementh (on 24 April 2012)

The patent wars are hot and dirty. This can be seen as the first counterstrike from Google (who are in the process of buying Motorola) against the different attackers on Android, WebM and whatnot. It's very likely, that Microsoft does at the moment more money with android-phones as with windows-phones.

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wfz (on 23 April 2012)

I have a hard time believing it took Motorola 7 years to find this out.

... and it if did, I don't think they should have the rights to those patents. :P

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Alby_da_Wolf wfz (on 24 April 2012)

It's clearly written in the article, Motorola filed the lawsuit to counterattack MS patent litigation attacks. MS just asked for troubles.

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