Court Finds Microsoft Xbox Does Not Violate Motorola Patent

Posted May 24, 2013

The Microsoft Xbox video game console is not being blocked from entering the U.S. after a trade panel decided that it does not violate a patent belonging to Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility.  Earlier this week, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided that the Xbox does not infringe upon a patent that relates to two-way communication between the gaming system and related accessories such as controllers.  This ends the case that was filed in November 2010.

The Trade Commission upheld a March ruling that cleared the Xbox for continuing to be imported to the U.S. from China where it is manufactured.

Microsoft has been able to strong-arm many Android manufacturers into paying them royalties, otherwise face aggressive patent lawsuits.  This is one of the reasons why Google likely had Motorola push the patent lawsuit against Microsoft.  Google claims that Microsoft owes Motorola Mobility royalties on the Xbox and Windows operating system.

Microsoft countered that argument by saying that even if they are violating Motorola’s patent, banning the Xbox would be an extreme remedy that would reduce consumer choice and hurt many game developers.

?This is a win for Xbox customers and confirms our view that Google had no grounds to block our products,? stated Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard.

Google said that they were disappointed by the decision.  They may be able to appeal to a court that specializes in patent law, according to BusinessWeek.

This victory was essential for Microsoft as they unveiled the Microsoft Xbox One three days ago.