Google withdraws Xbox patent claims against Microsoft


Just five days after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission closed its case against Google, the Internet Giant has filed a motion to end its patent claims against Microsoft using video-compression technology on the Xbox.

According to AllThingsD, Google filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission but is still battling Microsoft over one patent in the ITC case that is not an industry standard:

Microsoft wants to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that Google controls, now that it owns Motorola — but not on Google’s proposed royalty terms.

This is exactly what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had sought to stop in its recently proposed consent order on Google, which said Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties.

This is not the first time, however, that Google has dropped an ITC complaint against a competitor. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company also ended its claim against Apple over seven Motorola patents in October.

Moreover, Google is still contesting Microsoft over SEP injunctions in ongoing lawsuits in Washington state and Germany, but AllThingsD noted today’s filing does not concern other pending cases.

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