Panel rejects Xbox U.S. import ban bid

AFP-JIJI

The U.S. International Trade Commission sided with Microsoft on Thursday in a patent dispute with Google-owned Motorola Mobility that could have banned Xbox 360 video game consoles from import.

“The investigation is terminated,” the ITC said in a notice announcing it was rejecting a Motorola Mobility patent complaint dating back to late 2010.

Motorola Mobility had argued that Xbox 360 consoles infringed on patent technology for wirelessly transmitting data.

If the ITC had sided with Motorola Mobility, which was acquired by Google in a $12.5 billion deal last year, it could have resulted in a ban on importing Xbox 360 consoles, which are manufactured in China.