View Full Version : Dual Shocked: Court orders Sony to fork over 90 million

Dar' Argol
05-03-2005, 08:15 PM
New aquired from June 2005 issue of Offical US Playstation Magazine

A United States district court fro Northern California has ordered Sony to pay $90.7 million to Immersion fro patent infringment involving technology inside the DualShock Ccontroller. Immersion alleges that the rumble technology used in the DualShock closely resembles the technology Immersion designed for use in such devices. The original amount Sony was asked to pay totaled $82 million, but the court awarded an additional $8.7 million to Immersion for prejudgment interest.

Mor importantly, the court also issued a preliminary injunction against Sony that prevents the company from selling the PS1, PS2, and 47 games that were deemed to directly infringe on the copyright. Does this mean you can't go out and buy a PS2? Fortunately, no - the injunction won't actually take effect until after appeal proceedings in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; however, Sony will still have to pay a royalty fee to Immersion during that period. The company is also asking the court to require Sony to pay the damages during the appeals period.

"The compulsory license during the stay of the injuction creates a binding obligation for Sony to compensate us for the continued use of our technology in their Playstation products," said Victor Viegas, CEO of Immersion. "We have always believed, and continue to believe, in the strength of our intellectual property. We remain confident of our position in the appeals preocess."

Microsoft fell victim to a similar lawsuit in 2002, but the company opted to settle out of court rather then engage in a drawn-out legal battle. Microsoft paid $26 million for licensing rights of Immersiom's technology, which the Xbox and a variety of other Microsoft products currently use.

Kinda food for thought. Seems like this Immersion company makes its living off of sueing other bigger companies. Interesting to see what Sony will do next . . . .