Motorola Wins Over Microsoft Xbox Patents

Mobile phone maker, Motorola, won the ITC (International Trade Commission) judge’s ruling which increases the possibilities of preventing the imports of Microsoft Corp’s gaming console Xbox from the U.S.

Judge David Shaw of the ITC stated yesterday that four out of five Motorola Mobility pantents have been violated by Microsoft. The judge’s ruling are still subject for review by the panel of ITC, which has the capability to prohibit imports that infringe U.S. patents. Another judge at the ITC postponed until today giving his conclusions in a separate Motorola Mobility suit in opposition to Apple Inc.

The judgment allows Motorola Mobility control in its patent battles with Microsoft which may drive negotiations to steer clear of Xbox import ban. The lawsuit is Motorola’s retaliation for Microsoft’s patent-infringement claim towards Motorola’s phones running on Google’s Android OS, the leading platform for smartphone devices.

“Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio, and we remain confident in our position,” according to Motorola Mobility spokeswoman Becki Leonard in an emailed 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.” she added.

ITC has set a goal of concluding the investigation by Aug. 23. Another judge from the ITC discovered that Motorola Mobility violated one out of the seven Microsoft patents. The commission is going over that conviction, and is slated to push out a decision on May 18.