Motorola Wins Xbox Patent Fight, May Block U.S. Console Imports

A judge from the International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that four patents belonging to Motorola have been infringed by Xbox. The infringed patents concern the wireless networking and video coding found in the games console made by Microsoft.

The ruling is subject to a review by a commission consisting of six members, with the power to impose a ban on imports that infringe U.S. patents. If this ruling goes through then Microsoft will have to arrange a settlement with Motorola which allows the distribution of Xbox 360s in the U.S.

Motorola Mobility filed the case in retaliation with regards to Microsoft's claims of patent infringement by Motorola Mobility phones that run on the Android platform.

"Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility's patent portfolio, and we remain confident in our position," Becki Leonard, a spokeswoman for Motorola Mobility said. "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."

Microsoft also commented on the situation saying that "todays's recommendation by the administrative law judge is the first step in the process leading to the commission's final ruling. We remain confident that the commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft's favour in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard-essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms."

Source: Bloomberg