By Vamien McKalin | Mar 23, 2013 08:43 PM EDT
Judge David Shaw from the International Trade Commission has decided that Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console does not infringe on Motorola Mobility patents, which is a complete reversal of his previous ruling in 2012.
It's not over yet though - the ITC will review Shaw's findings and make a final decision come July 23 to end this matter once and for all. However, it might get dragged out a few more lengths as Google and Motorola are definitely interested in appealing the ruling in hopes to prove that Microsoft did in fact infringe on key patented technology.
Back in 2010, Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, sued Microsoft over video coding and wireless patents which, according to Motorola, was used in the Xbox and Windows Phone devices.
In May of 2010, Judge Shaw ruled in favor of Motorola, claiming the Xbox 360 Slim video game console did infringe on the patents and should be banned from import in the United States. However, the commission returned the case back to Shaw, asking him to reconsider the ruling due to a new model set by another case. This lead to Shaw changing his tune in favor of Microsoft, which does not bode very well for both Google and Motorola.
According to Google spokesperson, Matt Kallman, "We are disappointed with today's determination and look forward to the full commission's review."
However, Microsoft vice president, David Howard, was no doubt pleased with the outcome. "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."
The battle between Microsoft and Google does not end here. Both companies are vying for the control of the mobile space, and as things continue to heat up, expect more confrontations similar this one.
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