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Sony licenses PSVR design to Lenovo following eerily similar VR headsets
Sony’s PlayStation VR and Lenovo’s Mirage Solo are two very different VR headsets on a technical level, but visually the two shared an unmistakable resemblance to one another.
10.30.18 | News | Alissa McAloon |  
Nintendo has patented a Game Boy case for smartphones
Nintendo has patented a Game Boy-style phone case that's would seemingly let smartphone owners transform their handset into the classic handheld.
10.04.18 | News | Chris Kerr | 1 Number of Comments 
Sony applied for a patent on a simulation sickness-detecting VR headset
A patent application filed by Sony last year detailing a VR headset that could detect adverse reactions to virtual reality has been published for all to see.
09.18.18 | News | Alissa McAloon | 1 Number of Comments 
Microsoft is working on AI-driven, platform-level Xbox Live cheat detection
Microsoft has filed a patent application for machine learning tech that would sniff out cheaters on Xbox Live on the platform level, rather than the more traditional per-game anti-cheat approach.
07.01.18 | News | Alissa McAloon |  
Blizzard applied for a patent on Overwatch's Play of the Game highlight system
Documents have surfaced detailing Blizzard’s 2016 patent application for the ‘Play of the Game’ highlight selection system used in its multiplayer hero-shooter Overwatch.
06.25.18 | News | Alissa McAloon | 1 Number of Comments 
Trion Worlds acquires assets of defunct Marvel Heroes dev Gazillion
Trion Worlds has acquired the assets of Gazillion Entertainment, picking up ownership of the studio’s licenses, trademarks, patents, domains, and game library for an undisclosed sum.
06.24.18 | News | Alissa McAloon |  
Video: A lawyer's guide to practical IP law for indies
Games lawyer Chris Reid returns to the stage at GDC 2018 to try and break down everything indies should know about intellectual property law (esp. copyrights and trademarks) in the game industry.
05.13.18 | News | Staff |  
Game streaming service Utomik has officially launched
The platform has gone live with a library containing over 750 titles from 100 publishers, and features a variety of triple-A and indie efforts.
05.02.18 | News | Chris Kerr | 2 Number of Comments 
Nintendo under investigation for patent infringement over Switch design
Nintendo is under investigation for allegedly violating a duo of patents belonging to the mobile-focused hardware manufacturer Gamevice regarding detachable controllers.
04.30.18 | News | Alissa McAloon | 3 Number of Comments 
Terminal Reality is suing Microsoft over shadow and lighting patents
While primarily known as a developer, Terminal also created a variety of game engines, including the Infernal Engine that's at the heart of this case. 
04.22.18 | News | Chris Kerr | 1 Number of Comments 
Microsoft & other game companies win out in camera patent lawsuit
A Federal court has denied inventor Richard J. Baker's appeal of the 'nah' ruling made in a patent infringement lawsuit he filed last year against Microsoft, Nintendo, and other game companies.
04.10.18 | News | Alex Wawro | 1 Number of Comments 
Clicker Heroes dev speaks out over patent troll threats
Clicker Heroes dev Playsaurus has published a blog post detailing recent legal threats from GTX Corp, a company the dev describes as a patent troll.
03.04.18 | News | Alissa McAloon |  
Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Living Orb
Living Orb, a manipulatable ball of LEDs, offers players a variety of games to play with light and rotation, as well as opportunities for other devs to make their own games from it.
02.21.18 | News | Joel Couture |  
Sony patents show redesigned motion controller
Multiple patents seem to suggest that Sony hasn’t resigned itself to using eight-year-old tech as PlayStation VR’s only motion control option.
01.28.18 | News | Alissa McAloon |  
Nintendo sues mobile developer Colopl over patent infringement
Japanese mobile games developer Colopl is being sued by Nintendo for allegedly infringing on five of the publisher's patents. 
01.10.18 | News | Emma Kidwell | 4 Number of Comments 
Report: Apple acquires mixed reality headset maker Vrvana for $30M
Recent reports suggest Apple is preparing to release an AR headset of its very own in 2020, and Vrvana has the expertise to help the Cupertino giant do exactly that.
11.21.17 | News | Chris Kerr |  
Microsoft facing lawsuit over alleged HoloLens patent infringement
Microsoft is facing a patent infringement lawsuit over the technology used in its mixed reality headset HoloLens.
11.21.17 | News | Alissa McAloon | 2 Number of Comments 
Mixed-reality startup Magic Leap secures $502M in funding
Magic Leap has spent most of its time working behind closed doors, but that hasn't stopped investors from splashing the cash.
10.17.17 | News | Chris Kerr |  
Activision patents matchmaking tech that can push players to buy upgrades
Update Activision patented tech for "driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games" that can match people up w/ more experienced foes to get junior players to buy in-game items like loot boxes.
10.16.17 | News | Alex Wawro | 8 Number of Comments 
Sounds like playtesting gamepads is as tricky as playtesting games
"Nobody knows what they want, and everybody wants something different," a Razer representative tells Kotaku in a new feature about the future of gamepads. "It’s just a lot of iteration."
09.26.17 | News | Alex Wawro | 1 Number of Comments 
Nintendo ordered to pay $10M following Wii patent infringement suit
iLife Technologies’ $144 million patent infringement case against Nintendo has ended with the tech company being awarded $10 million for infringing tech in Wii Remotes.
08.30.17 | News | Alissa McAloon | 2 Number of Comments 
Nintendo hit with lawsuit over Switch console design
Accessory maker Gamevice is suing Nintendo for allegedly violating the patents behind its game-themed tablet peripherals and hardware.
08.10.17 | News | Chris Kerr | 9 Number of Comments 
Why Texas may have lost its status as a hotbed of game patent lawsuits
The Supreme Court has issued a ruling on a patent fight over powdered drink mixes that potentially changes the landscape of patent fights in the game industry -- by moving them out of East Texas.
05.23.17 | News | Alex Wawro |  
Nintendo comes out on top in Mii patent infringement case
A federal appeals court has upheld Nintendo’s earlier victory in a patent infringement case between it and RecogniCorp over the technology powering Nintendo's Mii characters.
04.30.17 | News | Alissa McAloon | 3 Number of Comments 
Nintendo seals victory in 3DS tech lawsuit
Nintendo's legal battle against Tomita Technologies, which alleges the Japanese console maker had used its patented 3D display tech without permission, has been laid to rest for good. 
03.20.17 | News | Chris Kerr |  

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