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Sony forced to halt Playstation sales in U.S.?

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March 28, 2005 5:44:22 AM

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Holy Crow! Looks like they brought out the (vibrationless) PSP just in
time!

http://news.com.com/Sony+ordered+to+pay+90+million,+hal...

Sony ordered to pay $90 million, halt game sales
Published: March 27, 2005, 8:55 PM PST
By Reuters

Sony has been ordered by a U.S. court to pay about $90 million in
damages and to halt game console sales in the United States in a patent
infringement case against Immersion, the company's game unit said
Monday.

Sony Computer Entertainment said it disagreed with the decision by a
federal district court in California and would appeal to a higher
court.

SCE said it will continue U.S. sales as the suspension order--which
covers PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles, two game controllers and
47 software titles--will not go into effect before the appeal and
because Sony will be paying compulsory license fees to Immersion, an
SCE spokeswoman said.

Immersion, a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of tactile feedback
technology, claimed Sony Computer Entertainment infringed on its
technologies that make a game controller vibrate in sync with actions
in games, the Japanese game maker said.

The court's decision confirmed a ruling by a California jury last year
that ordered Sony to pay $82 million in the case. The amount was raised
to slightly more than $90 million due to interest.

In another intellectual property-related lawsuit between Japanese and
U.S. technology companies, Toshiba was ordered by a California jury
last week to pay a total of $465 million in punitive and other damages
to Lexar Media for stealing trade secrets.

Toshiba, the world's seventh-largest chipmaker, suggested it would
appeal the decision.
Anonymous
March 28, 2005 2:00:58 PM

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Jordan wrote:

> SCE said it will continue U.S. sales as the suspension order--which
> covers PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles, two game controllers
> and 47 software titles--will not go into effect before the appeal and
> because Sony will be paying compulsory license fees to Immersion, an
> SCE spokeswoman said.

So it's not like PS2s are going to disappear from the shelves tomorrow. If
Sony's lucky, maybe they can stall this until the PS3 comes out. But if they
lose then, it means paying even more in damages and being forced to licence
the tech for the PS3, unless they drop vibration from the DualShock3
(unlikely).

Yikes, $90 million. Microsoft had the good sense to settle this out of court
last year for $26 million plus a 10% interest in Immersion, meaning any
damages/license fees/whatever that Sony pays will actually benefit
Microsoft's bottom line. Tee hee.

-Z-
Anonymous
March 28, 2005 2:35:10 PM

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Jordan wrote:
>
take a look at a couple of posts back

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