Google’s Efforts To Ban Microsoft’s Xbox Failed By ITC

Posted: May 24 2013, 10:27am CDT | by , Updated: May 24 2013, 10:34am CDT , in Technology News


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Google’s Efforts to Ban Microsoft’s Xbox Failed by ITC

Google’s claim that a patent by its Motorola Mobility Unit was infringed upon by Microsoft has lost all credibility in the court of law. Google was making efforts via litigation to ban Microsoft’s Xbox 360. It has failed in its endeavors and the device won’t be banned.

The patent owned by Google was tied up with wireless one-on-one links. Google began finger-pointing at Microsoft regarding acts of copyright infringement. It wanted to ban the Xbox 360 which according to Google had overstepped its bounds as regards copycat behavior. A spokesperson from Motorola said that they were looking at the choices left behind after losing the case, according to Bloomberg report. Motorola had laid the pilferage of five patents at the doorstep of Microsoft. However, the court judge refused to acknowledge any hanky-panky concerning copyright trespassing.

Motorola was acquired by Google for over $12 billion earlier. Motorola had taken back its accusations by yielding its patent rights. Previously, the quarantine on the Xbox 360 was being put into place. Yet due to inconclusive and insubstantial evidence the case was flipped on its head. Google lost and Microsoft won. It was a decision that was contrary to expectations.

Furthermore, this attitude of aggressively litigating against other companies in a drive to have their worthy products banned from being exported or imported was condemned with a resounding imperative ruling. Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in a similar dispute already. But this time around the International Trade Commission (ITC) decided to put a lid on the litigation process. The litigious society had simply gone too far in its blame game.

Productivity and free enterprise suffered every time people started nitpicking and condemning each other over such small and inconsequential matters. Basically the issue was over Google’s Android software which was used by, among others, the Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft officials said it was a win for them and that it just went to show how Google had no right to block their products from the market.

Despite an input of billions of dollars in patent copyright laws, every year so many cases of litigation are filed with the courts in the US. This brief flare-up between Google and Microsoft is just an example of how some of the richest among us are also the greediest. What use was the banning of a beautifully functional product like the Xbox 360 to Google one may ask oneself? Whatever the reasons the giant firm may have it has lost its case for now. The baton has passed to Microsoft which is going to market its Xbox 360 with great panache and alacrity.

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