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Impulse Technology says it created the technology first, and the company would like the courts to do something about it.
The Ohio-based firm claims that Microsoft's motion tracking sensor violates seven of its patents, include those that cover a "wide variety of games where the movement of a player is tracked in three dimensions…and certain exercise games where the motion of the player is tracked to effect movement of a virtual avatar, and the exertion of the user is monitored, including where the tracking of the player is done by the use of a camera."
Other publishers are also named in the suit, including EA, Konami, and Sega, all for making games for the Kinect that also violate the patents.
If the case succeeds, it could affect any number of issues surrounding Microsoft's ability to sell the Kinect and its games, and might also result in significant damages to the software giant.
Like any case, it's likely to be a long time before we hear any final say on how it will turn out. When there is progress on the case, we'll let you know.
[via Patent Arcade]
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With this poor economy Patent law has proven to be a profit center. Much of the technology that went into Kinect wasn't new. MS bought out a company for the tech, it looks like may not have bought the right company.
Often a company has to wait for a product to release to file any suit, after all if they don't have the product in hand how do they test it to see if the functions work like their patent.
Also considering the Kinect is a live device that gets frequent updates this suit may be just as much about the hardware as it is the software. Perhaps one of the recent updates to give Kinect more precision has bumped into the Intellectual Property of the other company.
With something like this though, I wouldn't expect the other company to take this lying down and if they have already filed suit they must have a bit of a warchest to work with if they going up against MS.
I can understand Microsoft being sued if they did violate any patents but suing publishers just for making Kinect games makes no sense. They have no way to know where the ideas for Kinect came from.
whatevs, those guys didn't make it and microsoft will find a way to keep to selling. why wait to call people violating patents?
The question becomes did they patent the technology with the a)intent to mass produce, and b) with the wherewithall to financially make it happen. To patent an idea only should leave Microsoft with significant wiggle room in the case.
Just a bunch of gold diggers.
Typical case of "someone has success with something similar to something we made, time to sue!"
This is bull. I don't think Microsoft should be sued.
While I have little hope for this case, I must admit it is better than Apple suing over its patent on the "pinch" motion for zoom in in on its iPod touch and iPhone. In all honesty I dislike Kinect and wouldn't mind it getting ruined, but I don't really care.
Wow. Just wow. This seems more like a case of too bad so sad. If some other company had it first, they should have done something with it, instead of waiting for some else to be successful with it. Whatever. MS is a giant and therefore people will try and sue over anything.
I'm sure they will settle out of court, and Microsoft will continue to sell Kinect units.
wow very intersting
Who else is sick of these egocentric "under-companies" attempting to get money off of something they claim they already did, even though they never actually did it? I see this and am instantly reminded of that Kardashian chick who's suing the gap for using a model that looks like a better version of her.
I personally don't play Kinect, But if Microsoft takes a hit like this... Yeah... It could slow them down. But like that guy "Di Nap" said the Kinect only has dancing games and Kinectimals. I disagree with him on the Star Wars game though. The Star Wars game looks pretty epic. Who doesn't want to pick up some stuff with the force and through it at droids, and don't even DARE tell me that the new limited edition console isn't epic too. So all together I might be ticked off about Star Wars and maybe Ghost Recon, but in the end it really doesn't matter to me and other hardcore gamers.
I'm fairly sure Microsoft wouldn't have overlooked pending or current patents and even so this other company wouldn't be capable of implementing it or developing it as well as Microsoft has so far.