The International Trade Commission (ITC) found on Thursday that Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox gaming system does not violate a Motorola Mobility patent (Motorola Mobility has been owned by Google since May 2012). This ruling means the gaming community very narrowly escaped becoming collateral damage in the ongoing patent wars—if the ITC had found that the Xbox was infringing, it could have barred its importation into the U.S.

This Xbox squabble was part of a larger patent war over smartphones that’s been raging between Microsoft, Apple and phone makers such as Motorola Mobility that use Google’s Android technology. In 2010, Motorola Mobility accused Microsoft of infringing on five patents. But only one remained by the ITC’s Thursday decision—the others were dropped in the interim. The patent in question dealt with wireless communication.

“This is a win for Xbox customers and confirms our view that Google had no grounds to block our products,” said Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard in a statement.

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