Google asks trade panel to drop key patent claims against Microsoft

Google asks trade panel to drop key patent claims against Microsoft Zeebiz Bureau

Washington: Motorola Mobility owned by Google has asked the International Trade Commission to drop two key patent claims against Microsoft, as per a news wire report.

Motorola Mobility in its infringement complaint said that Microsoft infringed on its patented technology to make its popular Xbox.

Google filed a motion with the ITC on Tuesday, asking that two patents be withdrawn from the case. One patent remains, according to the filing.

The withdrawal was required under an agreement that Google made with the Federal Trade Commission last week settling a pair of long-running antitrust investigations.

The FTC, U.S Department of Justice and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office assert that companies should not request sales bans when filing patent infringement lawsuits based on patents that are essential to a standard in most cases. Standard essential patents ensure that devices are interoperable.

Microsoft identified the two patents withdrawn from the ITC case as standard essential patents.

With Agency Inputs