ITC Judge Says That Xbox Should Be Banned From U.S. Because Of Motorola Patent Violation

Posted May 23, 2012

International Trade Commission judge David Shaw said that he believes that the importing of 4GB and 250GB Xbox consoles into the U.S. from China should be suspended and that Microsoft should pay Motorola 7% of the value of any unsold consoles remaining in the U.S. This is based on a lawsuit that Motorola filed against Microsoft in 2010 over five patent violations that are allegedly related to the Xbox 360. The judge is also ruling that consoles already in the U.S. and not sold should be barred from sale through a cease-and-desist order. Microsoft protested and said that the suspension of the Xbox 360 would hurt competition in the marketplace. Shaw said that “enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game consol buyers.” The five patents most related to video codecs. If the ITC commissioners agree with Shaw, the recommendation will land on President Obama’s desk and his advisors will have 60 days to review it.