ITC Judge Recommends U.S. Xbox 360 Ban
May 25, 2012 11:06 AM
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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.
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5/25/2012 12:08:11 PM
Moto gets their xbox and windows ban in germany. MS got their ban of Moto android headsets on get this, the patent on making SMS messages that were split up be combined on the other end. I tested this out: If I sent a SMS over 160 characters via google voice, it split it up and sent both to the phone. I did it on my HTC sensation, and it was all in one.
Patent wars are such MAD.
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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