Google loses battle to halt Xbox imports over alleged patent infringement

Google has lost an attempt to block Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console from entering the United States after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the device does not infringe a Motorola Mobility patent.

The disputed technology relates to a method of communicating between a gaming system and peripherals. Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, patented the technology in November 2010.

The ITC upheld a previous ruling made in March, finding that Microsoft's Xbox consoles did not employ Motorola’s proprietary technology, which Google wanted royalties for.

Microsoft argued from the outset that patent infringement, which it denied, should not result in an outright ban of a product, which would hurt developers and consumers.

“This is a win for Xbox customers and confirms our view that Google had no grounds to block our products,” said David Howard, Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft, according to Bloomberg.

Google expressed disappointment at the news and may appeal the case.

This latest ruling is part of a wider legal battle between the two technology giants. Google claims that Windows infringes some of its patents, while Microsoft won a case last year over Motorola’s use of ActiveSync.

Microsoft's new console will likely be the focus of more legal claims as the top companies exploit every avenue to retain market dominance. The Xbox One is due out later this year.