xbox Xbox 360s Future Hangs in Balance

Motorola's patent claim against Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console has resulted in a ruling by the ITC that the Xbox 360 console infringes four Google/Motorola patents; however it’s not all bad news for US Xbox fans just yet due to a remand ordered by the Federal Trade Commission.

Motorola's patent claim against Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console has resulted in a ruling by the ITC that the Xbox 360 console infringes four Google/Motorola patents; however it’s not all bad news for US Xbox fans just yet due to a remand ordered by the Federal Trade Commission.

xbox Xbox 360s Future Hangs in Balance

Motorola’s claim of Standard Essential Patents against Microsoft is allegedly being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, a six-member decision-making body who have now ordered a remand of the decision, referring it back to the Administrative Law Judge. While this doesn't necessarily mean that the preliminary ruling will be overturned, it is likely that a variation will be made to the initial determination in Microsoft’s favour.

The Commission's remand decision has directed Administrative Law Judge Shaw to apply the Commission's opinion in the matter of S3 Graphics v. Apple, a case where the final outcome was an outright dismissal, despite an initial ruling that established several infringements.

The ongoing patent dispute between the hardware giants has seen a rejection by Microsoft of Motorola’s offer of settlement. The future of both Android phones and Xbox 360s in the United States continues to hang in the balance with a deadline being set for a final decision to be made by the ITC on July 2.