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 Posted: May 25 2012, 02:22 AM
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In April, an ITC judge ruled that Microsoft's Xbox 360 infringed on five patents held by Motorola. Now he believes the Xbox 360 should be barred from sale in the U.S. until Microsoft agrees to pay Motorola its owed royalties.

New developments in the ongoing Motorola and Microsoft slap fight: Judge David P. Shaw of the International Trade Commission recommended on Wednesday that the Xbox 360 be banned from sale in the United States because technology used in the box infringes on patents held by Motorola.

Shaw ruled in favor of Motorola following an ITC hearing in April, finding that Microsoft had infringed on five patents related to video encoding held by Motorola. Microsoft claims the technology owned by Motorola is considered standardized and the Google-owned mobile phone maker’s FRAND commitments dictate that Microsoft should be able to license the tech at reasonable rates. Motorola in turn claims that Microsoft is full of baloney and it’s owed a royalty rate of 2.25 percent, an annual fee of around $4 billion for Microsoft.

According to PC Magazine, the judge believes Microsoft should cough up the cash and, until it does, the Xbox 360 should be banned from entering the U.S. or being sold in stores. Microsoft in turn claims that banning the Xbox 360 from shelves wouldn’t be in the public’s best interests. Shaw says that the PlayStation 3 and Wii will pick up the slack.

“[Microsoft’s] argument is not persuasive,” says Shaw, “It has not been alleged or shown that Sony or Nintendo would fail to meet the demand for consumer video gaming consoles in the event that an exclusion order [was] issued.”

A six-member commission will determine by August whether or not an exclusion order will be necessary. Until then, the Xbox will remain available.
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 Posted: May 25 2012, 05:07 AM
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I have one of these and I swear it screws up all the time, freezes up, disc read errors even though the discs are brand new out of the case, sometimes will take 3 or 4 tries just to get it to turn on and go to the dashboard, etc... If I was Motorola I'd not want my name attached to it.....
 Posted: Jun 4 2012, 02:23 PM
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Well, I'll bet Sony's pretty happy about this.
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