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A Texas-based company takes Microsoft and Nintendo to task over game controllers

In our lawsuit happy country, nothing is too surprising anymore. This time around, Microsoft and Nintendo have been hit with a lawsuit by Anascape, a small Texas-based company. Anascape claims that Microsoft and Nintendo have infringed on 12 of its patents relating to game controllers. The patents in question were issued between 1999 and 2005.

Anascape wants to be compensated for the infringements including interest and has asked to see what revenues have been generated by both companies as a result of the claimed infringements. This unknown company is working the patent system and using it to its advantage. In fact, if the company fails to get a permanent injunction against Microsoft and Nintendo, it intends to have a licensing fee enacted against the two giants. From GameDaily.biz:

The patents seem to deal with almost every aspect of today's modern video game controller, such as analog controls, analog pressure sensors for buttons, vibration and tactile feedback, and more. One would think that Sony's PS2 controller would come into conflict with these patents as well, so it's not clear why Anascape has targeted Microsoft and Nintendo and has not included Sony in the suit.

This isn't the first time that console makers have been attacked concerning game controllers. Back in 2005, Immersion took Sony to task and won $91 million USD as a result of infringements on its force feedback technology.





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