By WildFire 24 Comments
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.