CNN News wrote:
SAN JOSE, Calif.(AP) Sony Corp. has been ordered to pay $90.7 million and halt U.S. sales of PlayStation consoles for infringing on the patents of a company that develops and licenses touch-feedback technology to enhance video game realism.

The trial judge granted a stay on the sales ban, however, pending Sony's expected appeal.

San Jose-based Immersion Corp. sued Sony in 2002, claiming it violated two of its patents. A federal jury in Oakland decided in favor of Immersion in September and ordered Sony to pay $82 million in damages. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken affirmed the decision _ tacking on $8.7 million in interest.

Wilken also granted a permanent injunction that would bar the manufacture, sale or import into the United States of any PlayStations, controllers and games that infringe on the two Immersion patents. Sony has already paid Immersion $7 million in compulsory license payments ordered by the court and will continue to do so each quarter, based on sales of infringing products, until there is a reversal or settlement.

A Tokyo-based Sony official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the company plans to appeal. He declined to give more details because the lawsuit is pending.

"We have always believed, and continue to believe, in the strength of our intellectual property," Immersion Chief Executive Victor Viegas said Monday. "We remain confident of our position in the appeals process."

San Jose-based Immersion was awarded far less than the $299 million it sought in the suit against Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Immersion claimed Sony's PlayStation products infringed on patents related to "vibro-tactile" technologies that simulate the sense of touch in videogame play. The suit specifically names the PlayStation consoles, Dual Shock controllers and 47 games.

In news releases last year, Sony claimed to have sold more than 27 million PlayStation2 consoles in the United States, making it the No. 1 video game machine. Last week, it launched a portable version, though Viegas said the new device does not appear to infringe on Immersion patents.

Sad Well, at least the PSP isn't banned for sale in the U.S.
Where did you get that article from? (oh, and credit it please!)
What kind of crap is that?!? I think everyone should send hatemail...
Now now, let's control out tempers Smile
That does seem annoying, but in a way I'm happy for the little guy.
Well, this isn't crap. It's realy everybody. It was on CNN a couple of days ago.

Hmm, but I read that they're staying the settlement pending an appeal.
its a good thing they didnt ban psp sales... im suposed to get 1 for my birthday, april 11
Happy not-quite-yet-birthday! Smile
thanx, like my new sig?
have u heard about being able to surf the web usin wipe out pure? thats awesome, but they are suposed to be releasing awebbrowser in a month, i hope they make the analog nub a mouse!
That's an awesome logo. What is Linspire exactly? It sounds like a Linux build... Smile
It's the new name for Lindows.
Ah, no wonder it looked familiar!
i have a ps2, i play games on it.
Holy useless necroposting, batman!
Paradiso wrote:
i have a ps2, i play games on it.

Don't necro post
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