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  • Blog Post: Nintendo Loses U.K. Patent Battle With Philips

    A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of Philips against Nintendo in the case of two instances of patent infringement. The patents in question deal with recognition of hand gestures and motion as input mechanisms and are related to the Wii. Nintendo says it will appeal the decision and that it will work to... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Squashes ‘Patent Troll’ Triton In Wii Remote Case

    Nintendo has announced the dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit filed by Triton over the Wii Remote. Triton alleged that the technology powering the Wii Remote infringed against its patent for a “computer apparatus input device for three-dimensional information.” The Seattle district court found Triton’s... More
  • Blog Post: Philips Sues Nintendo, Seeks To Halt Wii U Sales In U.S.

    Philips has filed suit against Nintendo claiming patent infringement. Specifically, the complaint focuses on motion-controlled consoles and peripherals, including the Wii U and its accessories, and technology that “models a user’s body in a virtual environment by animating a virtual body... More
  • Blog Post: Jury Rules In Favor Of Zynga In Patent Lawsuit

    Early last year, Zynga was sued by Personalized Media Communications (PMC) who claimed that the publisher was infringing on four of its patents. Today, a jury reached a decision finding Zynga not guilty. The four patents in question covered the personalization of content, targeted advertising, managing... More
  • Blog Post: Is A Fallout Television Series In The Works?

    A new trademark filing by Bethesda Softworks suggests the possibility that the company is working on developing a TV series based on its Fallout RPG franchise. In a posting on The Vault, writer Conor Murton noticed the filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which seeks a trademark... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Patents Anti-Piracy RFID Tech

    We’re not new to the war on piracy and used games, but it appears Sony is taking a new step for prevention. A Neogaf user found a patent application for an “Electronic Content Processing System.” Just what would this system do? It would tie game discs to specific user accounts and/or... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Patents Controller That Changes Temperature

    Sony patented a version of its Move controller recently that will apparently heat up and cool down depending on what's happening in the game. It's certainly... interesting. The first thing that comes to my mind is hand sweating, but it does cool down, so maybe that prevents that. Whatever you... More
  • Blog Post: Patent Shows Off Xbox Projection Technology

    A recently uncovered Microsoft patent shows off projection technology that displays video on more than just your television. The patent shows a player with no controller in their hand playing some kind of shooter against miniature antagonists. There is presumably a Kinect and some kind of projection... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Claims Victory Against Wii Patent Lawsuit

    A U.S. district court judge has dismissed a case brought against Nintendo by Copper Innovations Group which claimed the Wii console and controllers infringed upon one of its patents. After looking over the case, Judge David Cercone of the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh said there was no need for a... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Patent Will Pause Your Game To Show You Ads

    A Sony patent has appeared online showing a advertising method that will interrupt your game in the most invasive way possible. The patent shows illustrations of a car racing against other cars, some warning lights (or loud speaker blaring, I'm not entirely sure), and then the game pauses and shows... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Patents Pressure-Sensitive Controller With Built-In Memory

    Microsoft may have a controller in the works that can recognize the person holding it. A recently discovered patent shows an Xbox 360 controller that can recognize a player, "using a hand-pressure signature." If it can remember who you are, then it may have some memory built into it. Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Judge Dismisses Patent Suit Against Nintendo

    A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by IA Labs CA against Nintendo, which claimed that the company's Wii Balance Board accessory infringed on its patent. “Nintendo has a passionate tradition of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Is Being Sued For Patent Infringement

    Zynga is being sued, but not for the reasons you may have assumed. Zynga has been accused in the past of liberally borrowing ideas from other developers, but this lawsuit is over the use of patents, and deal with the inner workings and behind the scenes programming of Zynga's games. Personalized... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Aims To Patent The 'Massively Single-Playing Online Game'

    Nintendo's always had its own peculiar way of handling online gaming, and a recent patent application drives the point home. In a filing with the US patent office, Nintendo outlined its claim on what the company calls a "massively single-playing online game." While that description sounds... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo's Patent For Wii Light Is As Stupid As It Sounds

    It looks like Nintendo isn't satisfied with the runaway success of the Vitality Sensor, WiiSpeak, Wii Zapper, e-Reader, Power Glove, Game Boy Printer, DK Bongos, Roll & Rocker, and Power Pad. They need yet another accessory of questionable necessity and function, so back in 2009 they filed a... More
  • Blog Post: European PS3s Seized By Authorities

    Korean tech company LG won an injunction from a Dutch judge in a patent lawsuit, resulting in thousands of PlayStation 3 consoles being impounded in Holland. The injunction, issued last week, has European customs police seizing PS3s as they are imported into the Netherlands, which is the main point through... More
  • Blog Post: Apple Patents Glasses-Free 3D Display System

    Regardless of how you look at it, companies are adopting 3D technology faster than consumers probably ever will. Sony has been pretty big on the whole 3D thing and now Apple is next in line as the company has been awarded a U.S. patent for a 3D display system. The display will allow multiple viewers... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Patent Points To PSP2?

    More news is coming out about the PSP2, although Sony is the only one not saying a word about the device yet. A patent application from the company gives even more credence to the rumor that the handheld will have a touch pad on the back of the unit. The application, uncovered by akihabaranews , is for... More
  • Blog Post: A Bad Sign For Kinect

    Last week a patent was unearthed that told of a device that could read the body motions of its players and was powerful enough to read lips, sign language, and numerous joints on the body to produce gameplay like we've never seen it before. Kinect is not that device. A Microsoft representative has... More
  • Blog Post: Kinect Patent Reveals Sign Language Capabilities

    A patent filed by Microsoft reveals new features for its Kinect motion-sensing peripheral, including the ability to detect American Sign Language. The patent is from last year, and claims the device can not only interpret ASL into phrases that could be recognized and then turned into voice chat on the... More
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