Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
November 15, 2019
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Microsoft, Nintendo Successfully Defend Controller Patent Allegations

Microsoft, Nintendo Successfully Defend Controller Patent Allegations

March 16, 2010 | By Chris Remo

March 16, 2010 | By Chris Remo
Comments
    Post A Comment
More: Console/PC



Microsoft and Nintendo have received favorable rulings in a Washington court of appeal, confirming that the companies did not violate a patent related to video game controller power conversions.

The two console manufacturers were sued by patent holder Fenner Investments three years ago. Fenner claimed the companies' gaming devices unlawfully employed a patented design converting the signal from a 5-volt controller port to a lower voltage.

Nintendo was granted a favorable ruling in the case last March, but Fenner appealed the decision. In a judgment this week (PDF link), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that ruling.

The court said there were "no genuine issues of material fact" in Fenners claims, and that "no reasonable jury could find that the accused devices of Microsoft and Nintendo" as infringing on Fenner's patent.

The patent was filed in 1998 and granted in 2001. Fenner later obtained it from Lucent (now Alcatel-Lucent), holder of numerous patents that have been named in lawsuits against video game companies.

In 2008, Microsoft won a patent case against Alcatel-Lucent surrounding a claim about video coding.


Related Jobs

Wargaming Sydney
Wargaming Sydney — Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
[11.14.19]

Senior C++ Engineer (Gameplay Programmer)
Wargaming Sydney
Wargaming Sydney — Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
[11.14.19]

Gameplay Programmer, C++ - Vehicle Physics
Wargaming Sydney
Wargaming Sydney — Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
[11.14.19]

Software Engineer (Automation)
Wargaming Sydney
Wargaming Sydney — Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
[11.14.19]

UI Programmer









Loading Comments

loader image