Score one for Microsoft in the ongoing Microsoft vs. Google patent wars. This time, Microsoft has won an International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling regarding Microsoft’s alleged violation of Google’s patents when it comes to the Xbox entertainment console.
The patent in question relates to the Xbox entertainment console and the way communication is established between the Xbox console and its accessories, likely to do with the wireless controllers and the wireless technology used.
Motorola filed the complaint to the ITC back in 2010 when they learned that Microsoft was demanding royalties for smartphones that were running Google’s Android operating system.
“We are pleased with the Administrative Law Judge’s finding that Microsoft did not violate Motorola’s patent and are confident that this determination will be affirmed by the Commission,” Microsoft’s Corporate VP and Deputy General Counsel, David Howard stated.
Google’s response to the verdict? “We are disappointed with today’s determination and look forward to the full Commission’s review,” Google spokesperson Matt Kallman stated in an official statement. The findings are still subject to a final review by the six-member commission, who have the ability to ban the Xbox from imports if the patent violation is deemed founded.