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Analysis: Solutions To Student Ownership And The DigiPen IP Problem
Attorney Mona Ibrahim examines how DigiPen and other game schools manage student-created IPs -- and why these institutions need to change their policies to ensure that students are given due credit for their work.
08.29.10 | News | Mona Ibrahim | 12 Number of Comments 
Digital Chocolate Files Suit Against Zynga For Mafia Wars Infringement
Developer Digital Chocolate filed a lawsuit against rival social games studio Zynga for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and other charges concerning the Mafia Wars trademark.
08.24.10 | News | Eric Caoili | 11 Number of Comments 
Riot Files For 'Defense Of The Ancients' Mark Following Valve's 'DotA' Move
Developer Riot Games has "counter-filed" a trademark for "Defense of the Ancients," saying the name of the Warcraft III mod should belong to the community, not Valve, which recently trademarked "DotA."
08.16.10 | News | Kris Graft | 37 Number of Comments 
Valve Trademarks DotA, Fueling Reports Of RTS Title
Valve has filed a trademark for "DotA", the common abbreviation for the popular Warcraft III mod, and new evidence suggests the filing refers to a project at the studio led by the developer known as "IceFrog."
08.10.10 | News | Colette Bennett | 7 Number of Comments 
DRM Firm Uniloc Files Suit Against Activision, Sony, Aspyr
DRM tech company Uniloc filed suit last week against game publishers Activision, Aspyr and other companies for patent infringement, as a lawyer tells Gamasutra "the case likely has enough legs to get to trial."
08.03.10 | News | Kris Graft | 7 Number of Comments 
Microsoft Wins Xbox Patent Battle
Microsoft last week won a court case originating in 2004 that had inventors suing the Xbox maker for allegedly infringing on online multiplayer gaming-related patents, according to court documents obtained by Gamasutra.
08.02.10 | News | Kris Graft | 11 Number of Comments 
Gibson Settles Another Music Game Patent Case
Viacom, Electronic Arts and the Rock Band franchise have settled a 2008 patent suit with Gibson Guitar Corp, and the parties will seek a dismissal, following Activision's resolution in a similar case.
06.07.10 | News | Leigh Alexander | 2 Number of Comments 
Capcom To Release Its First Facebook Game
Osaka, Japan headquartered Street Fighter publisher Capcom will soon be releasing a game on Facebook, as company president Haruhiro Tsujimoto says "We have to make our move."
05.10.10 | News | Kris Graft | 2 Number of Comments 
EA, SCEA, Ubisoft, Disney Settle With Voice Tech Patent Holder
Texas-based Bareis Technologies has settled its voice-recognition patent lawsuit against EA, Ubisoft, SCEA and Disney Interactive after the parties reached an undisclosed mutual agreement, according to Gamasutra-obtained documents.
04.26.10 | News | Kris Graft | 5 Number of Comments 
Judge Denies Microsoft Motion To Dismiss Accessory Suit
A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week that video game accessory manufacturer Datel may proceed with an antitrust case against Microsoft relating to third-party memory cards and accessories.
04.25.10 | News | Kris Graft | 2 Number of Comments 
Playdom Hires Yahoo/Microsoft Vet As CTO
Social game developer Playdom announced its hiring of David Sobeski, formerly an executive at Yahoo and Microsoft, as its chief technology officer to lead the studio's tech initiatives.
04.18.10 | News | Eric Caoili |  
Nintendo Sued By Interactive Exercise Company
IA Labs, creator of fitness systems such as the Exer-Station, which combines video games and exercise, filed suit against Nintendo this month, citing Wii peripherals that allegedly infringe on IA patents.
04.13.10 | News | Kris Graft | 8 Number of Comments 
Nintendo Wins Controller Patent Appeal
The U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a ruling by a Texas District Court that required Nintendo to pay TX-based Anascape $21 million for allegedly infringing on video game controller patents.
04.12.10 | News | Kris Graft | 6 Number of Comments 
Microsoft Sues Datel For Controller Patent Infringement
Microsoft is suing accessories maker Datel over the latter's wireless controllers for Xbox 360, alleging they infringe on patents in the latest dispute between the two over third-party console accessories.
04.01.10 | News | Leigh Alexander | 9 Number of Comments 
Apple Patent Hints At Improved iPhone Gaming Controls
A newly-discovered patent from Apple details supplementary gadgets for mobile devices that could make gaming much more comfortable on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
04.01.10 | News | Kris Graft | 4 Number of Comments 
Digital Chocolate Launches NanoStar Platform, NanoStar Castles
Digital Chocolate, the casual and social gaming developer started by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, launched its NanoStar Platform, with game systems claimed to be "so innovative, they?re protected by multiple patents".
03.28.10 | News | Leigh Alexander |  
Microsoft, Nintendo Successfully Defend Controller Patent Allegations
Microsoft and Nintendo received favorable rulings in a Washington court of appeal, confirming they did not violate a patent related to video game controller power conversions.
03.15.10 | News | Chris Remo |  
Microsoft Patents Friend-Based DLC Promotion System
Microsoft hopes upcoming games will encourage your friends to sell you downloadable game content, based on a system described in a recently-granted patent for an integrated DLC distribution system.
03.14.10 | News | Chris Remo | 7 Number of Comments 
Sony Plans Game Demos With Eroding Functionality
Future game demos released by Sony may reduce in functionality as players spend more time with them, coupled with a shareware-like purchasing model, according to a recent patent filing.
03.04.10 | News | Chris Remo | 25 Number of Comments 
Group Sues Activision Over Allegedly Deceptive Patent Practices
A group called the Patent Compliance Group filed suit against Activision, alleging the publisher labeled music games like Guitar Hero with false patent markings with intent to deceive the public.
02.21.10 | News | Kris Graft | 5 Number of Comments 
Sony Files For Universal Controller Patent
Sony has filed an interesting patent for a "universal gaming controller," one that could control games on more than one different system with a touch-sensitive LCD display.
02.18.10 | News | Leigh Alexander | 4 Number of Comments 
Analysis: Reverse Engineering and You
What are the legal implications of reverse engineering games? Attorney Mona Ibrahim looks at the issue for Gamasutra, from consumer protections to EULA-based restrictions.
01.21.10 | News | Mona Ibrahim | 15 Number of Comments 
Opinion: The Cultural Clash Of Bayonetta
Gamasutra features director Christian Nutt jumps into the debate over the aesthetics of Platinum Games' Bayonetta, exploring context for "taste" in the history of popular culture.
01.14.10 | News | Christian Nutt | 30 Number of Comments 
Microsoft Patents Muscle-Control Input Method
You may soon be able to control games based purely on your muscle activity, with no need for physical or optical sensors, according to two Microsoft patents and a demo video.
01.04.10 | News | Chris Remo | 7 Number of Comments 
Opinion: The 99 Best Free Games Of 2009
Gamasutra teamed up with game criticism weblog Critical Distance to present Christopher Hyde's roundup of the wealth of excellent games being produced outside the "AAA" realm in 2009.
12.30.09 | News | Christopher Hyde | 10 Number of Comments 

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