Motorola loses another patent lawsuit

Monday, March 25th, 2013 5:38:58 by

Microsoft did not infringe patents owned by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility when they made Xbox, according to the International Trade Commission ITC. Failure to sign
will end the uncertainty hanging over the consoles in July.

Microsoft had accused Motorola Mobility of infringing five patents when the suit was filed in 2010. Though four of them have been dismissed, it is still looking difficult for the American company to escape the
remaining charges.

One of the initial five patents remains, according to the ITC, support wireless devices to communicate over short distances. If the ITC determines that a company violates a patent may refuse the importation into the United
States of infringing product.

"We are pleased with the decision of the administrative law judge, under which Microsoft did not infringe Motorola patents and we are confident that this decision will be upheld by the commission," David said Howard, corporate
vice president and general counsel of Microsoft, in an emailed statement.

Google, meanwhile, said that they have been bitterly disappointed. "We are disappointed with today’s decision and look forward to reviewing the full commission", said spokesman Matt Kallman in an emailed statement.

Technology companies have spent billions of dollars to buy portfolios of patents that can be used defensively or offensively and still make more money litigating cases worldwide. For Xbox has seen many ups and
downs since it was introduced in late 2010.

In April 2012, the judge David Shaw said in a preliminary decision that Microsoft infringed four patents, but not fifth. However, instead of solving the case in June 2012 returned the case to the judge to reconsider.

In January, after an antitrust settlement with federal regulators, Google asked a trade panel abandon two patents from the complaint, as they are essential for a standard. Such patents ensure interoperability
and receive special treatment.

The Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Patent Department and Trademark Office argue that companies should not ask for a ban on sales to sue for patent infringement on the basis of
which are essential for a standard.

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