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Ubisoft's Innovative Rocksmith guitar technology may not be so innovative after all. Guitar Apprentice, a company that creates guitar tutorials, is accusing Ubisoft of patent infringement in its game Rocksmith for a musical instruction pertaining to users playing an instrument to audio signals.
The news comes courtesy of Patent Arcade (not to be confused with Penny Arcade). Ross Dannenberg of Patent Arcade reports that "the '896 patent was only filed in October 2010, claiming
priority to a provisional application file June 30, 2010, so I suspect
there is going to be a validity fight based on any prior art out there." Although Guitar Apprentice is a video-based tutorial that can be downloaded on a computer or purchased on a DVD, the method of learning by playing a real guitar along to finger placement is similar in design.
You can read all about USP patent 8,119,896 right here. Ubisoft is already facing Rocksmith-related lawsuits with Game Tank over gameplay technology and UK band Rocksmith for the name of the product. If anyone else has a lawsuit to file, now is the time.
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god i hate corporate america
Wow... just wow. This is ***... I guess the difference between rocksmith and the other technology is that whatever Rocksmith used actualy brought it sales haha.
Yeah. Except this doesn't use a plastic controller.
yea for sueing lol
This is so stupid.
Well, Gibson was suing Harmonix and Neversoft for their guitar controllers. We'll see if they go next.
Is this a bad time to ask if there's a PC version of Rocksmith headed this way? Yeah,probably. Never mind.
Take them down!!!
Hmph. I actually don't know how to react to this. Can someone please dumb this down for me? cuz I'm confused by the issue.
seriously, either they are hungry for money or power hungry. I designed something many years ago and never officially got it patented now there is a company with something simular do you think i would sue them for it? maybe. but I understand that there are limitations on what should and not be sued over.. stupid.