Sony Loses PlayStation Patent Suit
A SMALL firm that develops and licenses touch-related technologies, has been awarded $US82 million ($116 million) after winning a patent infringement lawsuit against PlayStation maker Sony.
A US federal jury agreed that Sony's popular videogame consoles as well as its DualShock controllers and 47 games infringed on two Immersion patents. The panel, however, did not find the violations to be wilful - a factor that could have tripled damages.
Immersion applauded the verdict, even though it was awarded far less than the $US299 million it sought in the suit first filed in 2002 against Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment America.
"While the jury's award is less than the amount we requested, we are pleased the jury found the patents valid and infringed," Immersion chief executive Victor Viegas said.
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