Last month Motorola Mobility requested that the US International Trade Commission (USITC) halt the importation and sale of Microsoft's Xbox 360 in the United States (complaint). The request stems from a dispute between Motorola Mobility and Microsoft that claims the latter Redmond-based company of infringing on a number of its patents to make the popular gaming console.
It's speculated that Motorola Mobility's recent move is in response to Microsoft's lawsuit filed earlier this year. Although the console's Wi-Fi capabilities and several video codecs are licensed from Motorola Mobility, Microsoft said that Motorola Mobility broke its promise in regards to patent licensing by charging "royalties that are excessive and discriminatory." Microsoft asked the courts to determine the correct royalty rate and award compensation for Motorola Mobility's breach of contract.
However until the dispute is resolved, Motorola Mobility wants the sale of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console put on hold. "The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain gaming and entertainment consoles, related software, and components thereof that infringe patents asserted by the complainants," the USITC stated. "The complainants request that the USITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order."
Last week the USITC voted to investigate Motorola Mobility's complaint and said that it will likely conclude sometime in early 2011. The USITC is involved because the Xbox 360 consoles are manufactured in China and then imported into the United States. Currently there's no word if the USITC will actually enforce a cease and desist order.
Microsoft filed another complaint against Motorola Mobility back in October alleging patent infringements by the telco's Android smartphones. Apple, HTC and Nokia are also involved with USITC investigations as complainants and respondents. The USITC's overview document spanning the Apple/HTC/Microsoft/Motorola/Nokia patent drama can be read here.
Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said back in October said that patent lawsuits are a part of the industry.