May 2, 2012, 12:41

Xbox 360 Banned In Germany Over Patent Dispute

By David Howard, Editor-in-Chief and Founder

It seems as though the sale of the Xbox 360 has been banned in Germany as a result of a patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola.

The sales ban covers the Xbox 360 games console, Windows 7 system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player.

An injunction has been the result of current proceedings, which sees key Microsoft items banned from distribution within Germany – including Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player as well as the Xbox 360. However, a US court has banned Motorola from enforcing the action until it considers the matter next week.

The dispute stems from Microsoft’s use of H.264 video compression technology.

“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,” Microsoft said in a statement

“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.”