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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Guilty Of Violating Motorola Patents

Could be forced to stop selling Xbox

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Guilty Of Violating Motorola Patents
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With the patent lawsuit war heating up, a possible huge blow to Microsoft and the Xbox 360 was dealt today by the The US International Trade Commission. The ruling about the case, which was filed in 2010, stated that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 does violate 4 out of the 5 complaints that Motorola filed for. The complaints center around H.264 video encoding. “Infringing technology includes the Xbox 360, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, and Windows 7 – basically anything that Microsoft makes that plays video from the internet.”

Microsoft has remained fairly optimistic in the face of the ruling saying in an email response to an AFP inquiry: “Today’s recommendation by the administrative law judge is the first step in the process leading to the Commission’s final ruling,” They also added that, “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 terms.”

Expect a full ruling on this later in the year, also expect Microsoft to settle, because in reality, the US International Trade Commission has the power to completely stop all sales of the Xbox 360 which would obviously severely hurt their business. Also if they do not settle they could be forced to pay the FRAND (“Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory” ) licensing fee for every one of the 50 million plus Xbox 360′s sold, which could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Guilty Of Violating Motorola Patents
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  • hector

    If you’re going to steal, make sure you’re not forcing your inferior products with the stolen tech down everyone’s throats.

    Microsuck stole IE, the mouse, hell even windows was “stolen”. I would love to watch the Xbox get pulled. It’s a crap system and was from the start, not to mention their whole “kinect” fiasco, with the hardware listening to conversations to provide “custom ad content”.

    I just hope I’m alive to see them go bankrupt, but then again, our socialist pres has laid groundwork any future repukes or lefties can aquire them because they are “too big to fail” and get their dirty mitts in every pc.

    Plain and simple, they deserve this. More, really.

    Go open source if you want a real computer, and expand your mind ppl.