Lawmakers Weigh in on Microsoft v. Motorola Fight at ITC

Several Congressmen have signed onto a letter urging the International Trade Commission to express their strong concerns over a potential ban of the Xbox 360 related to a complaint filed by Motorola (now owned by Google). The list includes Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, co-sponsor of last year's patent reform bill (the America Invents Act), and the sponsor of SOPA; Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Cal.), the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary; and Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.

A copy of the letter can be seen here.

Letters in support of Microsoft were signed by eight Members of Congress representing Washington and a congresswoman from North Carolina. Those representatives include Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.); Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.); Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.); Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.); Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.); Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.); Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.); Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), the youngest female U.S. Representative; and Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.).

Finally letters signed by representatives from Motorola’s home state of Illinois backed the company's position. Those representatives include Peter Roskam (R), Danny Davis (D), Mark Kirk (R), Donald Manzullo (R), Bobby Rush (D), Randy Hultgren (R), Joe Walsh (R), Bob Dold (R), John Shimkus (R), and another representative whose name appeared illegible in documents.

As always, Foss Patents dissects the latest round of support from both sides as the International Trade Commission considers the ban of the Xbox 360. It should be noted that Florian Mueller, sole proprietor of Foss Patents, has disclosed that he has worked for Microsoft in the past on patent issues.

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