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Microsoft sues Datel for patent infringement on gamepads

By Matthew ยท 15 replies
Apr 2, 2010
  1. Microsoft has filed suit (PDF) in a Seattle court and with the ITC against British gaming accessories maker Datel for patent infringement. Redmond claims the peripheral company stole various design patents from the Xbox 360 controller.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,074   +4,082

    Matthew, whoops on the English homonym here. "Bear" I believe, is what you were looking for. Or else the controller is naked.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    Indeed :). Interestingly, I've used the word properly dozens of times in previous posts (looking back now). Just a typo and missed it on the proofread.

    Thanks for the correction.
  4. dunno, if i were datel i would have based my design on a controller that is considerably less crappy than the "original" xbox 360 one. then again im a pc gamer so what do i care.
  5. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Evangelist Posts: 428   +139

    i don't see the difference between these and any other 3rd party controller. What am I missing? Do those others get a license from Microsoft?
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    Yes Madcatz and other companies have to license the technology from Microsoft to make official 3rd party products.
  7. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    ok well if other companies are getting having to license their knock offs this makes a bit more since. Pretty much any off brand controller looks almost identical to their official counter part. I guess Datel should have got the proper licensing.... :p
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    Yes and that is why they are being sued.
  9. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Booo! Microsoft. Please companies have been making similar game pads for the systems for like ever. They have a point in that the company made their design with the same colors and the buttons are all in the same spot.
  10. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Yah and all those other companies bought a thing we call RIGHTS.
  11. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    its almost a clone, just more crappy . ...no licens for making it , no wonder they get sued.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,074   +4,082

    I think it's a wonderful turn of events, M$ having cause of action in a lawsuit.

    Whether or not they deserve it they are always the defendants, I wonder how their legal staff will do, I'm sure they're not used to going on the offensive.
  13. maestromasada

    maestromasada TS Rookie Posts: 89

    I hope the next step of M$ will be sue Apple to not allowing IE running on MAC OS
  14. Why does there always have to be an Apple ***** wherever you go on the internet?
  15. lol, the guy was probably on an iPad too...
  16. bj00uk

    bj00uk TS Enthusiast Posts: 79

    lol @ probably on an ipad
    @maestromasada; you can use IE on MAC OS, I was using it today! You just have to Download it, like you do with Firefox or Chrome in Windows!
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