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Posted by Kevin Corrie on May 23, 2012

Xbox 360 Imports Closer to the Chopping Block

Update to the Motorola/Microsoft import case. As you may or may not know, recent developments between Microsoft’s Xbox department and Motorola may result in potential issues regarding the importing of Xbox 360 consoles. The International Trade Commission has been approached by an administrative law judge, David Shaw. Judge Shaw recommended that the ITC should ban the import of Xbox 360 consoles imported into the United States.

However, this isn’t the first time this issue has been raised. Motorola’s first claim was filed in November of 2010. The company claimed that Xbox consoles used Motorola-made technology that allows set-top boxes to work with both the Motorola Droid2 and DroidX. Microsoft’s rebuttal was that if the ban were enacted upon one third of the console gaming market would disappear in the United States.

Motorola, to no surprise, also was in disagreement over the potential reparations over this issue. The phone maker demanded that the bond would be worth 100 percent of unsold Xbox inventory. Microsoft said this was ridiculous as Motorola was unable to prove that people bought Xboxes over Droid devices due to the technology that Motorola had developed.

Judge Shaw’s recommendation could turn the tide in the ITC’s decision on the subject and should they put it up for serious consideration it will be up to the President to decide the ultimate fate of the Xbox 360.

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