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>Xbox Live Targeted for Patent Infringement (again)

>A patent infringement suit targeting Xbox Live that we?ÇÖve been keeping our eye on went to trial yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The suit was originally filed back in September, 2004, by two inventors claiming Xbox Live infringed two of their patents covering voice and data communications technology. This case already produced some fireworks last month, when the judge overseeing the case threatened Microsoft?ÇÖs counsel with sanctions for a “frivolous objection” to a discovery request. Microsoft?ÇÖs counsel had objected to a request by the plaintiffs for a document relating to a ?Ç£2008 deposition?Ç¥ of a certain Microsoft employee, when they meant to say ?Ç£2009 deposition.?Ç¥ The judge asserted that Microsoft?ÇÖs counsel improperly used a typographical error to raise an objection on the ground of vagueness. The judge also chided Microsoft?ÇÖs counsel for producing over 140,000 documents without an index, saying the action demonstrated… Continue Reading

>Nintendo Granted Summary Judgment in V-Chip Lawsuit

>Nintendo of America Inc., producer of the Wii home video game console, scored a victory on June 2, 2009, when a federal district judge in the Central District of California granted Nintendo?ÇÖs motion for summary judgment, holding that the Wii does not infringe a V-chip censoring technology patent. Nintendo had asserted all along that the parental controls that allow Wii users to selectively prevent the play of games based on Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) classifications were fundamentally different than the technology taught by the patents, which are owned by Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd., a Texas-based limited partnership and non-practicing entity. The court?ÇÖs findings of fact and conclusions of law, issued on June 8, 2009, identify such a fundamental difference and justified Nintendo?ÇÖs opposition of a complaint that has already prompted several defendants settle with Guardian rather than see the matter through to trial. Not just a victory for Nintendo,… Continue Reading

June 2009