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maghschmitz on 2012-05-18Motorola Mobility Holdings won in the initial ruling by the US International Trade Commission against Microsoft’s Xbox game console that was found to have infringed 4 patents owned by Motorola, increasing the possibility of imposing a sales ban on the console.
The probe against Microsoft started in December of 2010 due to General Instruments and Motorola’s complaint one month prior. Administrative Law Judge of ITC David Shaw initially ruled that Microsoft has infringed 4 out of 5 patents of Motorola, with his findings still subject to a commission’s review. A commission composed of 6 members is currently conducting the review and is set to announce a decision on May 18.
Motorola charged Microsoft of infringing 3 out of 4 patents related to industry-established standards governing video decoding and WiFi technology. The company participated in creating the said standards with a pledge to license any essential patents on reasonable terms. Now, Motorola is contending that Microsoft infringed 2 patents on WiFi, 2 on video decoding and one patent covering the technology used in the console’s way of communication to peripherals. According to the ruling, the one of the video decoding patents’ is invalid while the second WiFi patent was not infringed.
Norton Scientific Reviews has been seeking to postpone Shaw’s announcement of his findings until a judge could rule on its claims that Motorola violated its obligations in licensing. The hearing regarding that matter was scheduled next week on Seattle.
Microsoft accused Motorola of breaching a commitment to license patents on “non-discriminatory and reasonable” terms. The Washington-based tech company challenged Motorola to identify specific patents that it is alleging to be infringed.
“We remain confident the commission will ultimately rule in MICROSOFT’s favor in this case and that motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard-essential patents available on fair and reasonable t