U.S. Refuses Google’s Request To Ban Microsoft’s Xbox

PC World writes that U.S. has refused to fulfill Google’s request to ban Microsoft’s Xbox after their investigation proved that the game console does not infringe any of Motorola’s patents. The multinational telecommunications company was displeased with the Commission’s decision and will, therefore, evaluate their options in the following period.

Google requested the United States International Trade Commission to investigate Microsoft’s Xbox console because the latter violated some of the patents belonging to the Motorola Mobility Unit. The ruling that was issued on Thursday comes to confirm administrative law judge David P. Shaw’s ruling in March, according to which Microsoft did not infringe Motorola’s patents by creating Xbox.

Motorola first filed a complained at the International Trade Commission in 2010. The mobile company stated back then that Microsoft has infringed five of its patents and requested the Commission to act accordingly. The lawsuit was continued by Google, which acquired Motorola’s unit last year in exchange of $12.5 billion.

Microsoft requested Motorola to drop the accusations at the beginning of 2012 and agreed to reach a settlement. The mobile maker eliminated two patents related to the H.264 video encoding standard from the investigation, but continued negotiations for the rest of the patents. In October last year, Motorola removed two other patents, relating to the 802.11 standard from the investigation. The remaining patent, related to peer-to-peer communication, has been removed by the ITC on Thursday triggering both Google and Motorola’s disappointment.

The International Trade Commission revisited Google’s last year’s request to ban the Xbox console. They have reached the conclusion that Google is not right in asking the ban of the game consoles. The International Trade Commission often solves claims regarding intellectual property rights, such as, patent and trademark infringements of imported goods. One of the measures they impose is the block of imported products.

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