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June 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Congressional members get involved in Microsoft-Motorola patent spat

Members of Congress have apparently written letters of support for either Microsoft or Motorola in their patent dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Those supporting MIcrosoft have written the ITC to express concern over a potential ban of Microsoft’s Xbox 360, writes intellectual property consultant Florian Mueller on his FOSS Patents blog. (Mueller counts MIcrosoft among his consulting clients.)

An ITC judge had ruled in April that Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console infringes on four Motorola patents. The full six-member commission is expected to rule in August on whether to impose an import ban.

Among the Congressional members writing in support of MIcrosoft are Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and co-sponsor of last year’s patent reform bill; Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.); Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), along with eight representatives from Washington state: Reps. Dave Reichert, Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott, Doc Hastings, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Jaime Herrera Beutler. They were joined by Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, according to Mueller, who has copies of the letters on his blog.

A letter in support of Motorola was sent to the ITC as well, signed by 10 Congressional members from from Motorola’s home state of Illinois, Mueller writes.

Mueller has more details here.

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