Judge clears Microsoft in Xbox patent case against Google

Summary:Microsoft has reason to celebrate being that it just cleared through a patent suit against Google and Motorola Mobility.

In yet another technology patent battle, Microsoft has come out on top against Google and its subsidiary Motorola Mobility in a case related to the Xbox gaming console.

In this particular case, Motorola filed a suit in 2010 with the U.S. International Trade Commission charging that the Redmond, Wash.-based corporation violated its patents related to communication between devices and video decoding.

But ITC Judge David P. Shaw issued a brief but succinct ruling on Friday clearing Microsoft -- at least at this level in the case.

No word if there will be an appeal yet, but a Google spokesperson told Bloomberg that the Mountain View, Calif. company is looking forward to "full Commission’s review."

For now, here is Microsoft's statement regarding today's ruling from David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft:

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 ITC has already terminated its investigation on the other four patents originally asserted by Motorola against Microsoft.

Here's a copy of Shaw's memo as well:

Microsoft v. Motorola Mobility by Rachel King

Topics: Legal, Government, Hardware, Microsoft, Patents

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