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An ITC judge recommends a U.S. ban for the Xbox 360, even though that seems highly unlikely

The Microsoft Xbox 360 game console should not be imported, and units on store shelves should be pulled, according to an International Trade Commission judge.

Last month, ITC Administrative Law Judge David Shaw found both the 4GB and 250GB editions of the Xbox 360 infringe on four Motorola patents. Specifically, the issue surrounds the H.264 codec which Motorola holds patents dealing with the video codec. However, Microsoft argues that H.264 should be more openly licensed.

Before the Xbox 360 can be banned, however, the ITC Board of Commissioners will double-check the ruling before a final decision is made. A deadline of August 23 has been scheduled, before any type of legal documents can be approved by Pres. Obama’s administration to finalize the ban.

Meanwhile, Microsoft looks forward to the six-member commission ruling in August, and believes its product can continue to be available in the US.

In addition to being unfair to consumers, there is another major factor that needs to be considered after Shaw’s ruling:

“Unlike judges at courts, ITC judges don’t make the decisions: they merely recommend them. Their recommendations are very frequently not adopted by the Commission, the six-member decision-making body at the top of the ITC. Not only does the Commission overrule those judges with respect to the actual violations but the Commission also has the final say on remedies.”

Furthermore, game studios and other companies reliant on the Xbox 360 can chime in to help persuade the commission from physically banning the Xbox 360.

Motorola had the Windows 7 OS and Xbox 360 banned in Germany, which set a precedent that some analysts believed would lead to additional global crackdowns. In addition to this ongoing legal saga, Microsoft can celebrate knowing it helped contribute to the ban of Motorola Android-powered phones to the US consumer market.

Source: IGN



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I'm willing to bet...
By MrBlastman on 5/25/2012 11:54:21 AM , Rating: 4
That somewhere out there is a dialysis patent that every single living, human being is in violation of. That or blood pumping, urine processing, oxygen->CO2 conversion. Something.

I know it is out there, and because of this, we are all guilty of slighting. Thus, because of this, all humans must be banned from Earth and propelled into space riding a massive galactic aeroplane... which, in itself, is probably a violation of some other patent, making if unfeasible, thus leading us to be in double slight of patent law. Because of this development, research will need to be conducted into an alternate solution, which, unto itself, the research techniques alone will be in violation of yet another patent.

We might as well give the dolphins all our fish and let our planet be bulldozed. The superhighway can't get here fast enough. ;)




RE: I'm willing to bet...
By Trisped on 5/25/2012 5:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, but you forgot about prior art.


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