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Xbox 360 Could Face U.S. Import Ban for Breaching Motorola Patents

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Posted on April 25, 2012 AT 07:05am

THE BUZZ: Microsoft could face an import ban on Xbox 360s in the U.S. after a judge ruled that the console infringes on four Motorola patents.

The BBC reports that Motorola’s complaints are linked to the console’s use of H.264 compression and WiFi Connectivity.

These four infringements are just part of an ongoing case involving around 50 of Motorola’s intellectual properties the company claims Microsoft should have paid a license for. Microsoft has stated that paying the costs would set them back $4 Billion a year.

A panel is set to review the decision in August, and if it rules in Motorola’s favor then Microsoft would either have to pay a settlement or face Xbox 360 consoles being denied entry to the U.S.

EGM’s TAKE: Considering that Motorola has only has one ruling in its favor so far we expect Microsoft to be feeling pretty confident. Even if the worst case scenario occurs it will simply pay Motorola and take the hit rather then risk having its console banned. We don’t feel that the need to worry about an Xbox 360 shortage any time soon. Microsoft must be quite sure of themselves as one spokesperson told the BBC, ”We remain confident the commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favor.”

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
Matthew Bennett finally got his big break with EGM three years ago, following years of volunteer work for various sites. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Follow him on Twitter @mattyjb89. Meet the rest of the crew.

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