Microsoft's Xbox system doesn't violate patents owned by Google 's
Motorola Mobility unit, a U.S. trade judge said.
The U.S. International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw on Friday
sided with Microsoft in the case. His findings are subject to
review by the Commission, which is able to block imports of
products that infringe U.S. patents.
Motorola Mobility accused Microsoft of infringing five patents when
it filed its complaint in 2010. Four have been dropped. The
reamining patent allows devices to communicate wirelessly over
Motorola filed the ITC complaint in November 2010, in retaliation
for Microsoft?s demands for royalties on phones using Google?s
Android operating system.
In April 2012, ITC Judge David Shaw said in a preliminary decision
that Microsoft infringed four patents and did not infringe on a
fifth. The commission ordered him to revisit the case.
Motorola Mobility dropped the two video-decoding patents after
Google reached an agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
in January regarding how it deals with patents that relate to
standard essential standards. The other two that were dropped
expire this year.
The case is at the International Trade Commission, No. 337-752.