The US International Trade C omission has just issued a preliminary ruling in a case between Microsoft and Motorola, and the judge dealing with the case has said that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 infringes on four of Motorola’s patents.
The patents are related to H.264 video encoding, which is a standard video format, but the judge dealing with the case wasn’t convinced that ‘Motorola will kill video on the web’ but not licensing the patents under FRAND.
This is preliminary ruling, so the final outcome has yet to be decided, and Microsoft has said that it remain confident that the comission will rule in its favor in the end.
The next stage of the ruling is for it to go up against a panel of three judges, who may or may not decide to agree with the initial ruling which was recently decided.
Source The Verge