Big 3 Gaming Companies Sued Over Controllers

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A Canadian company is suing Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft for using dual-shock wireless technology in their games controllers, which the company claims infringes patents held by them.Eleven Engineering, who makes microprocessors for media centres and home entertainment systems, claims that wireless controllers for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 are using its inventions without permission and, despite several meetings with the vendors, the company has no alternative but to now seek a court ruling on the alleged breach.

The lawsuit filed in the US Federal Court 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 per cent of the US market for video-game systems, PlayStation 3 is second and Xbox is third, according to researcher NPD Group.

The companies have all met with Eleven and had other business contacts, 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 Canada, 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.

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