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Nintendo and Sony sued over device ID transmission

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Jan 2008 18:42 User comments (9)

Nintendo and Sony sued over device ID transmission A patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo and Sony has been filed by the Copper Innovations Group alleging that both companies infringed upon a 1996 patent that "covers a method for connecting devices to a system and sorting their inputs by means of hardware identification numbers tied to each transmission."
Microsoft was not named in the suit because they do not use Bluetooth to connect their controllers to the Xbox 360. Both the PlayStation 3 and Wii use Bluetooth to connect their controllers and therefore were named in the suit.

The plaintiff is hoping for monetary damages as well as an injunction stopping Sony and Nintendo from further infringing upon the 1996 patent.

Both companies have declined to comment on the case as of yet.


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9 user comments

111.1.2008 22:55

Imo, his patant is far too vague to be called into play at a time like now especially since it was alreddy this far in to use.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Jan 2008 @ 23:00

211.1.2008 23:05

If this actually pulls through it sounds like we're going back to wired controllers lol.

And I thought the Rumble Feature lawsuit was outrageous, this tops them all!

311.1.2008 23:08

This is another stupid lawsuit. You know how many products that are on the market currently that use that type of identification to beam bluetooth, and infrared to various devices. This is just another company looking to make a come up off another companies success. Its smart but very dumb at the same time. These companies are like vultures
because either they arent making any money or not enough.

411.1.2008 23:44


Just over a year in and now they pull this crap? It's already over.

512.1.2008 8:29

Aw man! Leave Nintendo out of this! We need them to make enough money to build their next-gen system :-P

612.1.2008 8:41

This is ridiculous, there is tons of products that use bluetooth technology. These people are like bloodsucking vampires, all bout the $$$.

712.1.2008 9:18

whatever happened to the cell lawsuit??? i think its popular to sue sony man. its like you know to call them evil, drm, this, that... lets sue them all we can.

812.1.2008 13:51

Microsoft was not named in the suit because they do not use Bluetooth to connect their controllers to the Xbox 360.
Um yes they do. its turned off but its there awaiting new ms bluetooth controllers.

this guy is not going to win this case.

925.1.2008 17:23

Ill be waiting for these guys to comment. :)

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