Judge recommends US import ban of Xbox 360 consoles

In the latest development in the current patent battle between Microsoft and Motorola, it looks like Motorola is the winner. The Courthouse News Service is reporting that a judge has recommended that the International Trade Commission place a ban of importing the 4 GB and 250 GB versions of the Xbox 360 S consoles into the US for violating Motorola patents.

Judge David Shaw had previously ruled that the Xbox 360 had infringed on four patents owned by Motorola regarding the use of H.264 video encoding. Today's recommendation by Shaw also included one that would place a cease-and-desist order on the sales of those consoles. Not only that, but the judge also ruled that Microsoft should post a bond equal to seven percent of the value of all the currently unsold Xbox 360 units in the US.

The judge's ruling now goes to the ITC commissioners, who can allow the judge's determinations to stand. The can also reject the recommendations, change them or send them back for more consideration. If the commissioners do allow the recommendations to stand, they will then get a 60 day review by President Barack Obama. If he lets the recommendations stand, Microsoft will then have to go to a federal appeals court to challenge the decision.

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Wonder if anyone is going to try to start hording 360's ahead of a potential import ban... Could be a good market for them at some point LOL.

Azies said,
So.. what does all this mean actually? Is Microsoft unable to sell Xbox 360 units in the US now? o___o

Nothing happens yet, it's a recommendation. The ITC has final ruling, and even that is reviewed by the White House. Even if there is some sort of ban on 360's, it'll be months before that happens, and I'm sure MS will either settle or get a stay of ruling until the 720 comes out. By then it won't matter much.

that's complete bull ****, you shouldn't be able to have a patent on the way something is encoded

something really needs to be done about our broken patent system

Brando212 said,
that's complete bull ****, you shouldn't be able to have a patent on the way something is encoded

something really needs to be done about our broken patent system


Don't worry I'll make a patent on how to make phone calls and I'll sue Motorola for you

Jose_49 said,

Don't worry I'll make a patent on how to make phone calls and I'll sue Motorola for you

just patent the process of making patents.. then you win everything