Google purchased Motorola Mobility in 2011. Google had asked the ITC to block sales on Microsoft's Xbox game console. The patents involved dealt with Wi-Fi and the H.264 video standard.
Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard said that the company was glad that Google had dropped the claims and hoped to see Google continue to drop similar claims in other jurisdictions as required by the agreement with the FTC. On Tuesday, both the Justice Department and the USPTO made a joint-policy statement saying that the use of sales bans as a punishment for infringement of standards-essential patents should be disallowed except in very rare cases.