Monday, March 28, 2005

IMMERSION NIPS SONY FOR $91 MIL: (MacWorld) The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) to pay Immersion Corp. US$90.7 million for patent infringement of touch feedback technology used in PlayStation games consoles, said court documents. Immersion's touch feedback technology has been supported in Mac OS X since 2002.

The court also ordered a halt to U.S. sales of infringing PlayStation-brand consoles and 47 software titles as part of a patent-infringement lawsuit but put the order on-hold pending an appeal.

The rulings from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday are the results of a lawsuit filed in 2002 by San Jose-based Immersion against SCEI, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

In the suit Immersion alleged that the three defendants had infringed on its patents covering haptic -- or touch -- feedback. Microsoft licensed Immersion's technology in 2003 but Sony decided to fight on. Immersion's haptic technology is used in game controllers manufactured by other companies.

In the rulings, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ordered SCEI and its U.S. unit to pay US$82 million for infringement of U.S. patents 6,424,333 and 6,275,213 and an interest payment of $8.7 million. The court denied a counter-claim from SCEI for a declaration of non-infringement, said the judgment.

The court also enjoined SCEI from manufacturing, using, selling and/or importing into the U.S. infringing PlayStation consoles, Dualshock controllers and 47 games that were found to infringe one or both of the patents.

However, this injunction was put on hold in response to a counter-motion from SCEI. The court said it stayed the order after consideration of SCEI's chances of winning an appeal against the injunction, damage to SCEI and Immersion that such a stay would cause and also the public interest, said the judgment. Sony was also ordered to pay a license for products already in the marketplace and those subsequently sold.

Seja o primeiro a comentar

DISCLAIMER

This Blog/Web Site ("Blog") is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. Use of the Blog does not create any attorney-client relationship between you and Peter Zura or his firm. Persons requiring legal advice should contact a licensed attorney in your state. Any comment posted on the Blog can be read by any Blog visitor; do not post confidential or sensitive information. Any links from another site to the Blog are beyond the control of Peter Zura and does not convey his, or his past or present employer(s) approval, support, endorsement or any relationship to any site or organization.

The 271 Patent Blog © 2008. Template by Dicas Blogger.

TOPO