Today Microsoft suffered a blow when a preliminary ruling from the ITC(International Trade Commission) sided with four out of five claims being made by Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility believe that Microsoft are infringing on their patents for efficiently moving video files and connecting wirelessly to the internet.
In a statement released to AFP Microsoft say:
“Today’s recommendation by the administrative law judge is the first step in the process leading to the Commission’s final ruling..We remain confident the Commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favour in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms.”
The legal system is a slow lumbering brute so a final decision isn’t expected until later this year.
What does this mean for the consumer? Nothing really, if Microsoft are infringing Motorola Mobility’s patents then in theory the console could be banned from US stores, however more likely a deal will be made to license the technology either from Motorola Mobility or Google who are in the process of purchasing the company.