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Xbox 360 Getting United States Ban Hammer?

May have to stop importing Xbox 360

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The smackdown is about to be laid on Microsoft by the International Trade Commission after a Seattle judge has ruled in favor of Motorola Mobility in a huge patent lawsuit that was originally filed in 2010. Microsoft was handed a brutal blow when the International Trade Commission (ITC) was advised on Tuesday to ban the import and sale of Xbox systems in the United States.

Judge David Shaw said Microsoft should be handed a cease-and-desist order on sales of Xbox 360 Slim consoles across the country. He also believes Microsoft should not only cease Xbox imports from China, as well as ban general sale of the console across the country, but also pay Motorola Mobility 7 per cent of the value of any unsold systems remaining in stores. We reported earlier that Google was demanding $4 billion a year to make this patent lawsuit go away, but this decision is way worse for Microsoft.

Microsoft has warned the ITC that banning Xbox 360 across the US would not serve the public interest, because it would leave the market with a choice between PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. Shaw rejected the argument, claiming that enforcing intellectual property rights takes precedence. Plus, it’s not as if the lack of Xbox 360′s means people go hungry or the world implodes. No matter how important the 360 thinks they are. Also, there is plenty of competition, so, with the addition of the WiiU this holiday season, there is a chance this could actually happen.

The ITC commissioners can either allow the initial determination stand, or amend certain terms, or send it back for a rewrite. If Shaw’s recommendation is enacted, President Barack Obama will have 60 days to review the decision. Microsoft is a huge contributor, giving $852,167 to the Obama campaign in 2008, so it isn’t exactly clear to how the administration will lean, or if he doesn’t enact it, what happens.

If this actually happens, look for the major companies in the world to slow their gadget/tech releases because they can no longer blatantly break patent laws and just “deal with it later.”

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Xbox 360 Getting United States Ban Hammer?
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  • eedwin

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
    Hahahaha
    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    • Jason

      Give them a fine but you can’t ban the xbox. what about all the people that got it already. they wont make any more games for it cause no one will have one after a few years. Sony is up to something.

      • Tom

        This has nothing to do with Sony or existing Xbox consoles. Just future sales of existing stock. Read much?

      • http://yahoo.com Rauk

        Sony has nothing to do with this how dumb can you be to even think of something like that. And Microsoft don’t give us that crap about ”think about the people”. You know damn right all you think about is the damn money!

  • Tom

    This is a non starter issue now. Google just lost an even more important suite centered around text messaging in Android to MS.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57440902-94/microsoft-legal-win-over-google-may-signal-ceasefire/?tag=cnetRiver

    Banning ‘Android’ in Germany would hurt Google a lot more than banning Xbox in the US. So they’ll settle with each other and lawyers will make out like bandits…

  • Jordan

    its really dumb; its make the ecomony business go downhill fast since xbox 360 is the second most selling console out of the wii and ps3 btw wii is the first most selling console.

  • http://yahoo.com Rauk

    Microsoft don’t give us that crap about ”think about the people”. You know damn right all you think about is the damn money!

  • http://yahoo.com Rauk

    And Microsoft don’t give us that crap about ”think about the people”. You know damn right all you think about is the damn money!

  • http://yahoo.com Raul

    to me this is actually funny

  • Karma

    I’d rather have the ITC ban XBox then have Microsoft ban my XBox for no reason just because they can…