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Microsoft Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Halo & XBox 250°
March 14, 2009 // 6:06 pm - Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it settled a patent-infringement suit in which a New York company was demanding $90 million in royalties on the Xbox video game system.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, Microsoft spokesman David Bowermaster said, adding that it was an "amicable agreement." The settlement cuts short a trial that started this week over the suit, filed by closely held PalTalk Holdings Inc.

"The parties have settled the case, and PalTalk is quite pleased...

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Media Molecule Addresses LBP Sales, Sequels & IP Infringement 50°
December 26, 2008 // 8:19 pm - The Little Big Planet team addressed some of the biggest little issues facing the game in an interview with IGN, from copyright infringement to talk of a sequel. Despite reportedly slow sales, Media Molecule is optimistic about their numbers so far.

"There's all these different reasons that you could be disappointed with the sales and look at it that way, or you can say we kept pace with the Fallouts, etc," said Media Molecule's Alex Evans. "Every other game that we were keeping pace with was a third or fourth iteration,...

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Sony Fined $18.5 Million in Patent Infringement Suit 50°
November 18, 2008 // 9:46 pm - Over two years ago, Agere Systems filed a suit against Sony for potential infringement on patents regarding "wireless local area network apparatus."

Looks like the courts ruled in Agere Systems' favor.

Sony has been fined $18.5 million for use of the technology in their devices, such as the Mylo and PlayStation Portable.

Finally, the jury ruled that the patent infringement was willful.

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Firm Sues Nintendo for Patent Infringement 200°
August 20, 2008 // 9:09 pm - Hillcrest Labs, a Maryland-based technology firm, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo in US Federal Court today, claiming that Nintendo's Wii console violated Hillcrest Labs' patent rights.

Hillcrest Labs alleges that Nintendo violated patents relating to a handheld three-dimensonal pointing device.

The company said that it holds 29 patents relating to that technology.

"While Hillcrest Labs has a great deal of respect for Nintendo and the Wii, Hillcrest Labs believes that Nintendo is in clear violation of its patents and has taken this...

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Nintendo hit with $21 million Patent Infringement 50°
May 15, 2008 // 9:54 pm - Nintendo of America Inc. was ordered to pay a small East Texas gaming company $21 million Wednesday for infringing on a patent while designing controllers for its popular Wii and GameCube systems.

A federal jury found in favor of Anascape Ltd. in the lawsuit that was originally filed in 2006. Nintendo spokesman Charlie Scibetta said the company will seek an appeal and expects the court to reduce the award "significantly."

The jury found that Nintendo infringed on Anascape's patent while designing its Wii Classic, WaveBird and Gamecube controllers.

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