On Friday the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) finally and formally dismissed a case brought forward by Google's Motorola Mobility unit that alleged that Microsoft's Xbox 360 violated a handful of its patents. ITC Judge David Shaw issued the ruling on Friday, dismissing the last of the five patent disputes. The verdict is still subject to a review by the ITC, and Google retains the right to appeal the decision if it so chooses.
If Google would have been won it could have led to a ban of the Xbox 360 in America. In May of last year, Judge Shaw ruled that four patents had been infringed by Microsoft's home console. He recommended an import ban on the Xbox 360, but the full ITC ordered him to review the case after a new precedent was set in an unrelated case.
"We are pleased with the Administrative Law Judge's finding that Microsoft did not violate Motorola's patent and are confident that this determination will be affirmed by the Commission," said David Howard, corporate VP at Microsoft, in a statement.
Google decided to back away from the claims after a settlement related to patents was reached with the FTC earlier in the year.
You can read the ruling here (PDF).