Judge recommends Xbox 360 US import ban in Motorola patent case

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:50 GMT By Brenna Hillier

An International Trade Commission judge has recommended a ban on the import of 4GB and 250GB Xbox 360 Slim consoles to the US, effectively putting an end to further sales of these models should the ban be upheld.

GamePolitics reports Judge David Shaw also ruled that Microsoft should pay a bond of 7% of the value of unsold Xbox 360 inventory on hand in the US..

Microsoft tried to argue against the ban, suggesting that it would leave consumers with limited options, but Shaw wasn’t impressed, saying Sony and Nintendo could handle demand.

The ITC’s commissioners will now review the recommendations, after which there will be a 60 day period during which the order can be overturned by president Barack Obama.

Otherwise, Microsoft’s out in the cold in its home territory, as well as in Germany; courts are taking Motorola’s claim of patent infringements quite seriously.