US court: Motorola can't enforce German Xbox injunction

Motorola Mobility (now owned by Google) obtained an injunction against Microsoft in Germany that would have prevented sale or import of Xbox 360s, among other Microsoft devices earlier this summer, over H.264 video encoding technology owned by Motorola and licensed for use in MS devices. Now, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Motorola cannot enforce the injunction.

You might be asking what we asked at first. How can a US court rule on a decision made in Germany? Microsoft previously sued Motorola for breach of contract in the US, allowing the court to consider the whole matter subject to US law. "At bottom, this case is a private dispute under Washington state contract law between two U.S. corporations," the court's ruling reads.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.