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Microsoft, developers sued over Kinect tech
Posted: 23.07.2011 17:49 by Comments: 6
An Ohio-based firm known as Impulse Technology is suing Microsoft, claiming that Microsft's Kinect is in violation of seven patents. The firm is suing not only Microsoft, but eight developers including EA, Sega, and Konami for their exercise games.

According to the suit, the infringements include "a wide variety of games where the movement of a player is tracked in three dimensions…and certain exercise games where the motion of the player is tracked to effect movement of a virtual avatar, and the exertion of the user is monitored, including where the tracking of the player is done by the use of a camera."

Impulse is seeking a permanent injunction, damages, treble damages, interest, attorneys’ fees and costs.

Considering the tech was not developed by Microsoft, but by PrimeSense Tech, it's a clear case of patent squatting, in which a company will file futuristic technology patents then try to extort a company into paying for the right to use it. Law film McKool Smith famously sued a range of hardware and software developers for 3D technology - not stereoscopic 3D, regular graphic 3D - back in 2004.
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By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jul 23, 2011
nocutius
Patent laws at their best :(.

I wonder how bad things need to get before the whole system gets changed to be more reasonable.
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Jul 23, 2011
Jasca_Ducato
How come everything that's being created (and successful) is in breach of somebody elses patent laws nowadays...
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jul 23, 2011
unsilviu
Lol, so they're basically trying to say they patented motion gaming? OK, I'm going to go patent space mining ships, gonna make a fortune when I'm 80.
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on Jul 23, 2011
Thibby
Those patent laws are terrible, everybody seems to violate them :/
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Jul 24, 2011
PowerJack
Maybe I can patent the moon for when the terraforming begins.

^.^
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Jul 24, 2011
unsilviu
the problem isn't that people are violating them, but that they are abusing them, to say they invented the wheel first.