Xbox 360 game systems (AP)
WASHINGTON - An administrative law judge with the International Trade Commission has recommended a ban on Microsoft's Xbox 360 in the United States.
The recommendation is tied to findings by the ITC in April that Microsoft infringed on four Motorola patents with its game system. Google now owns Motorola.
Judge David Shaw recommended that a full ban be placed on the import of Xbox 360 game systems and accessories into the United States, and that Microsoft be fined based on the number of Xbox 360 game systems that have been sold in the country.
The full governing board of the ITC will have until August 23 to agree with or toss Shaw's recommendation. If the board agrees with Shaw, the Obama Administration would have a 60-day timeframe to ratify or veto the decision. If they were to ratify the decision, sales of the game system - the world's top selling game system as of the 4th quarter of 2011, according to GeekWire - would grind to a halt.
The patent infringements have already resulted in bans on the sales of Xbox 360 game systems and Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system in Germany.