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Ubisoft faces patent lawsuit over  Rocksmith  tech
Ubisoft faces patent lawsuit over Rocksmith tech
April 9, 2012 | By Tom Curtis

April 9, 2012 | By Tom Curtis
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Newsbrief: Guitar Apprentice, a company that provides virtual guitar tutorials to aspiring musicians, has filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft, claiming the company has violated one of its patents with its recent instructional music game, Rocksmith.

Patent Arcade reports that Guitar Apprentice claims ownership of a patent for a "progressive musical instruction" system that teaches users to play an instrument via "audio signals corresponding to a predetermined musical performance."

Both Rocksmtih and Guitar Apprentice use similar interfaces to teach users to play guitar -- the most apparent difference being that Rocksmith incorporates interactive elements via the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC, while Guitar Apprentice uses pre-set video tutorials on PC or DVD.

Prior to Rocksmith's release in October 2011, Ubisoft said the product drew inspiration from GameTank's Guitar Rising, an unreleased program that explored the basic concepts of interactive music instruction.

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Trent Tait
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Ugh, as much as Ubisoft suck for their DRM, patents are truly evil.

Gregory Booth
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There's no doubt the patent system in the U.S. is broken and software patents are a problem.

Don't these trolls sometimes get sent packing by the courts? see Jagex vs. Paltalk

I for one am a fan of companies, like Jagex for example, that take a stand and make an example of these patent trolls. We need more.

As I understand it prior art still applies but for small to medium sized companies the costs of litigation are prohibitive.

I guess we could help by contacting our elected reps, start Twitter campaigns etc. but we have to pick our battles right? I mean now we have CISPA to worry about!

Some links re: software patents

Bilski, of course:

Jagex vs. Paltalk

IP Watchdog on Patent trolls

Analysis of Bilski

Petition to the Whitehouse!/petition/direct-patent-office-cease-issuing-so ftware-patents/vvNslSTq