Sony Wins $500M Lawsuit Over Controller
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Sony Wins $500M Lawsuit Over Controller

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

In a legal battle that has been ongoing since 2017, tech giant Sony has emerged as the winner in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Genuine Enabling Technology (GET). GET had accused Sony of infringing on its patent related to controller-to-console communication methods, seeking a hefty sum of $500 million in damages.

However, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz, a recent ruling by a US District Court judge has favored Sony in the case, stating that Sony did not violate the patent in question. This comes as a major relief for the PlayStation maker, as the lawsuit had raised concerns about its controller and console connectivity.

The crux of the lawsuit revolved around the frequency signals used by PlayStation controllers for button inputs and motion controls. GET argued that no other device could receive both signals simultaneously until their patented solution came into play. On the other hand, Sony maintained that the components in its controllers were not structurally equivalent to those outlined in GET's patent.

The judge sided with Sony, concluding that GET failed to prove its case and thus, Sony had not infringed on the patent. As a result, the case has been closed in Sony's favor, marking a significant victory for the company.

While Sony can now breathe a sigh of relief, GET's legal battle is not over yet. The company still has a similar lawsuit ongoing against Nintendo, which saw a reversal of decision in 2022 by the US Court of Appeals. This ongoing legal dispute underscores the complexities of patent infringement cases in the tech industry.


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