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Jan 11 2007
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Big Three being sued for another Patent Infringment? :|

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The Big Three Sued Over Port Patent
MS, Nintendo and Sony named in latest controller lawsuit.
 January 10, 2007 - Not a week seems to go by without a lawsuit. This week's legal woes come to Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony courtesy of a suit filed by Texas-based Fenner Investments. The suit claims all three infringed on the company's 1998 patent for a "low-voltage port interface" according to Gamasutra.

While the famed Immersion lawsuit focused on force-feedback technology, this most recent suit is concerned with joystick ports. The lawsuit seeks damages and an injunction against the big three.

The merit behind the suit is unclear as of the filing. The patent summary reads: "The joystick port interface according the present invention is a low power port which interfaces a typical 5 Volt joystick peripheral device with a lower power computer port. The low-voltage joystick port interface includes a bidirectional buffer circuit and a pulse generator which, together, generate a digital pulse signal, representing a joystick coordinate position, based on an input analog measurement signal."

It remains to be seen what the next patent lawsuit might be, but we're certain another will come within the next month.

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Why does it take so long for some of these companies to say there is an infringement? Smiley Indifferent  1998 and it's now 2007?  Or is this just for the most recently released consoles from the big three?

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Jan 11, 2007
this is probably a joke to them...




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more seem to slowly pop up... maybe just to get some legal money out of it?
so the port thing...wii control... whats next? console colours?/heh
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PSY.GUY.3 wrote:
more seem to slowly pop up... maybe just to get some legal money out of it?
so the port thing...wii control... whats next? console colours?/heh


Next, it'll probably be the D-Pad or something (the "Start" button?).

Didn't Nintendo recently have one about their Wii-mote?

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Wow. People just think everything is theirs.
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PSPFourLife wrote:
Wow. People just think everything is theirs.


What's funny is, if they're suing for the joystick in general, Sony and Nintendo were using them long before '98.  How would that hold up?

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I guess Cisco inspired them all
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Over at Kotaku, they mention that those people sueing them are "patent trolls."  They're just doing this for money.
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You know that Ford, GM, and Dodge are also referred to as the "Big Three", right?
Also, if all three companies are being sued, why didn't they sue Microsoft earlier? The 360 came out almost 2 years ago.
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PSY.GUY.3 wrote:
more seem to slowly pop up... maybe just to get some legal money out of it?
so the port thing...wii control... whats next? console colours?/heh


There's a decent amount of precedent now.

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