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Gibson sues more guitar video game makers

Posted: 26 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Guitar Hero? patent infringement? video game?

Gibson Guitar Corp. has filed a lawsuit Mar. 20 against Harmonix, MTV Networks and Electronic Arts, claiming the companies infringed a patent held by the guitar maker, according to an Associated Press report.

The federal case filed relates to the same patent involved in the suit the guitar company filed against six major retailers that sell the Activision Inc. "Guitar Hero" game.

Gibson has tried to stop Activision from selling all versions of the game, claiming it too closely matches a musical virtual-reality patent the guitar maker holds from 1999.

In its latest lawsuit, Gibson alleges that Harmonix, MTV Networks and Electronic Arts violate the patent through their development, distribution and promotion of the music video game "Rock Band."

Activision last week also released a statement echoing its March 11 filing before a U.S. federal court, saying that "Gibson waited three years to make its patent allegations, and only did so after it became clear that Activision was not interested in renewing its marketing and support agreement with Gibson. Activision continues to believe that Gibson's claims are disingenuous and lack any justification."

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