Small company sues Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft!

So basically a Canadian company (Eleven Engineering) is suing all three of the Console juggernauts because apparently the controllers Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony use for their consoles infringe on Eleven Engineerings copyrights, I think it's kind of ridiculous and is probably another attempt of a small no-name company to get some easy cash out of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.
 
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Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft have been sued by a Canadian company that claims their video-game systems infringe patents related to wireless controllers.

Eleven Engineering, a maker of microprocessors for home entertainment centers, contends the wireless controllers for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 are using its inventions without permission, according to the complaint, filed Nov. 25 in federal court in Wilmington, Del.,

The lawsuit targets the DualShock and Sixaxis controllers with the PlayStation 3, the Wii remote and Wii balance board, and the Xbox wireless controller and wireless racing wheel.

Nintendo's Wii has about 48 percent of the U.S. market for video-game systems, PlayStation 3 is second and Xbox is third, according to the researcher NPD Group.

The companies have all met with Eleven and had other business contacts and yet have "continued to infringe the asserted patents in an objectively reckless manner, with complete disregard of Eleven Engineering's rights," Eleven said in the complaint.

Eleven, based in Edmonton, Alberta, seeks cash compensation for the use of its inventions, plus a court order that would stop further infringement of the patents, which were issued in 2001, 2002 and 2004 for remote frequency and wireless game controllers.

Kevin Kutz, a spokesman for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, said the world's biggest software maker had no comment.

Officials with Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo and Tokyo-based Sony had no immediate comment.



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Edited by WildFire

So basically a Canadian company (Eleven Engineering) is suing all three of the Console juggernauts because apparently the controllers Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony use for their consoles infringe on Eleven Engineerings copyrights, I think it's kind of ridiculous and is probably another attempt of a small no-name company to get some easy cash out of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.
 
Full Story can be read here (or below),
WildFire
 
 

Full Story


Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft have been sued by a Canadian company that claims their video-game systems infringe patents related to wireless controllers.

Eleven Engineering, a maker of microprocessors for home entertainment centers, contends the wireless controllers for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 are using its inventions without permission, according to the complaint, filed Nov. 25 in federal court in Wilmington, Del.,

The lawsuit targets the DualShock and Sixaxis controllers with the PlayStation 3, the Wii remote and Wii balance board, and the Xbox wireless controller and wireless racing wheel.

Nintendo's Wii has about 48 percent of the U.S. market for video-game systems, PlayStation 3 is second and Xbox is third, according to the researcher NPD Group.

The companies have all met with Eleven and had other business contacts and yet have "continued to infringe the asserted patents in an objectively reckless manner, with complete disregard of Eleven Engineering's rights," Eleven said in the complaint.

Eleven, based in Edmonton, Alberta, seeks cash compensation for the use of its inventions, plus a court order that would stop further infringement of the patents, which were issued in 2001, 2002 and 2004 for remote frequency and wireless game controllers.

Kevin Kutz, a spokesman for Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft, said the world's biggest software maker had no comment.

Officials with Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo and Tokyo-based Sony had no immediate comment.



Posted by ADTR_ZERO

It doesn't make sense. Think about it.
Posted by Adamantium

lol. Sounds like vexatious litigation to me.

Edited by PenguinDust

Here's another one from a year ago: Nintendo and Sony sued over controller patent 
 
These things happen all the time.  Still, you have to keep in mind, Immersion "won" their case against Sony and Microsoft for patent infringement involving rumble.  Later they had to pay Microsoft back 20 million dollars because of a clause that stated they would receive a slice of whatever deal Immersion got from Sony. Source
 
I expect your story linked above to be in the courts for a year or more before they come to some sort of settlement.

Posted by Black_Rose

This is going to end well for them...

Posted by MrSnow

In ireland ithink xbox holds more of the market.

Posted by teh_destroyer

word, people are desperate for money these days.

Posted by fwylo

I live in Edmonton! I wonder if they'll distribute the money amongst the gamers of the city... that would be nice and I would gladly accept any positive monetary value.

Posted by Emandudeguyperson
@ADTR_ZERO said:
" It doesn't make sense. Think about it. "
Posted by Bucketdeth
Nintendo's Wii has about 48 percent of the U.S. market for video-game systems, PlayStation 3 is second and Xbox is third, according to the researcher NPD Group.  
 
I thought ps3 was in last even if it isn't by much.       

Edited by MattyFTM

I've done a bit of research into this, and it seems like they might have a good case. They are accusing Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft of breaching the following patents:
 

 
Now, I'm no lawyer or electrical engineer, and patents are full of legal and technical jargon that I'm not even going to pretend to understand the details of these, but it seems to me like this Eleven Engineering company have patents to cover pretty much any wireless game controller. And all the PS3, Wii and 360 all use wireless controllers, so, assuming the patents stand up to scrutiny, they've got a great case.
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Posted by TwoOneFive
@Bucketdeth said:
" Nintendo's Wii has about 48 percent of the U.S. market for video-game systems, PlayStation 3 is second and Xbox is third, according to the researcher NPD Group.  
 
I thought ps3 was in last even if it isn't by much.       

"
yeah thats a big surprise.  
otherwise the gamespot system wars forum must be going BONKERS right now over that lmao
Posted by Anarchist4Eva
@Bucketdeth said:
" Nintendo's Wii has about 48 percent of the U.S. market for video-game systems, PlayStation 3 is second and Xbox is third, according to the researcher NPD Group.  
 
I thought ps3 was in last even if it isn't by much.       

"
Who's really keeping track anymore. All 3 companies will probably toss a few million dollars at these frauds to make them shut up & go away. Which will mean fewer games that we will really want to play.
Posted by Mushir

I hope they win the case. I don't know why, I always support the little guys.

Posted by iam3green

i hope that the company suing isn't going to win any money. i just find it funny that they decide to sue right now. the systems have been out for a long time now.

Posted by RetroIce4

Everybody just sues now. That is it. Kinda depressing if you think about it.

Posted by Scooper

HEY I WANT SOME MONEY TOO!!

Posted by ADTR_ZERO
@Twilight said:
"I hope they win the case. I don't know why, I always support the little guys. "

I tend not to support the people who sue over nonsensual things to get rich quickly.
Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, 2001 patents? Didn't Atari do wireless controllers for the 2600?

Posted by Skald
@ADTR_ZERO said:
" @Twilight said:
"I hope they win the case. I don't know why, I always support the little guys. "
I tend not to support the people who sue over nonsensual things to get rich quickly. "
Nonsensual, is it? 
I think it's crap. Calling shenanigans on Eleven.
Posted by TechnicallyProficient

In the words of Jim Carrey:
"Settle! Settle, settle, settle, settle, settle!"

Posted by Whisperkill

You know what they say: "If The glove dont fit..."
Posted by Mithlas
@ADTR_ZERO said:
I tend not to support the people who sue over nonsensical things to get rich quickly. "
I, too. The patents might look legitimate, but it's years too late for it to be anything but "we want to make a quick buck".
Posted by Crono

Another race for prior art.  Another company that lies in wait before they sue for their patents.

Posted by Shadow

Wow.  They are going to be DESTROYED in court.