The Xbox 360, along with Windows 7, have been made illegal to sell in Germany according to the BBC. Microsoft will look to appeal the result and it is thought that Motorola are possibly behind the ban.

Motorola applied for the ban on Microsoft products due their on-going patent dispute. Courts found that Microsoft was in violation of two of Motorola’s patents, the H.264 video codec. German courts ruled a ban against most Microsoft hardware and software such as, the Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Windows 7, Windows Media Player and other software. Motorola made the following comment:

“We are pleased that the Mannheim Court found that Microsoft products infringe Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property. As a path forward, we remain open to resolving this matter. Fair compensation is all that we have been seeking for our intellectual property.”

A Microsoft representative said the following:
“This is one step in a long process, and we are confident that Motorola will eventually be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of consumers who enjoy video on the web. Motorola is prohibited from acting on today’s decision, and our business in Germany will continue as usual while we appeal this decision and pursue the fundamental issue of Motorola’s broken promise.”

On the other side of the world, US courts ruled that Motorola was not permitted to take any action against Microsoft until further notice, and Xbox 360 consoles and other Microsoft products will continue to be sold in the US.

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