Motorola Scores Initial ITC Ruling Against Microsoft Over Xbox
The International Trade Commission issued a preliminary ruling on Monday that Microsoft’s Xbox game player infringes on patents held by Motorola Mobility.
The case is one of several pending between Microsoft and Motorola.
An administrative law judge held that Microsoft infringed on four Motorola patents, but that it did not infringe on one other.
The ruling is an initial determination, subject to review by the commission and to an appeals process. Microsoft expressed hope that it will ultimately prevail in the case.
“Today’s recommendation by the Administrative Law Judge is the first step in the process leading to the Commission’s final ruling,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We remain confident the Commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favor in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms.”
Microsoft has argued Motorola’s patent demands are excessive.
Motorola, meanwhile, said it was pleased with Monday’s ruling and said that it is Microsoft that is being the patent aggressor.
“Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio, and we remain confident in our position,” Motorola said in a statement. “This case was filed in response to Microsoft’s litigate-first patent attack strategy, and we look forward to the full commission’s ruling in August.”