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Wii MotionPlus patent suit thrown out

A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo of America, which claimed that the company's Wii MotionPlus peripheral violated a patent owned by Triton Tech of Texas. Originally filed way back in the prehistoric times of 2010, the lawsuit named both Ninte...

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Precursor Games distancing itself from co-founder following child pornography arrest

Precursor Games writer, game designer and artist Ken McCulloch has been arrested by Niagara Regional Police on child pornography possession and distribution charges, Bullet News Niagara reports. Police confiscated a "significant" amount of computer hardware after exercising a search warrant on a ho...

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Judge rules in favor of Activision in 'Delta Force' trademark lawsuit

Judge John F. Walter has ruled that Activision's use of the term "Delta Force" in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 does not infringe upon PC developer NovaLogic's trademark of the phrase, Patent Arcade reports. Judge Walter concluded that "Delta Force" as a non-specific term is as protected by free s...

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Report: Patrice Desilets suing Ubisoft for $400,000, option to buy 1666 rights

Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2 creative director Patrice Desilets, formerly of Ubisoft, THQ and then Ubisoft again, has filed suit against Ubisoft seeking back pay, damages and the opportunity to buy the rights to 1666, according to a report by Canadian outlet La Presse. Desilets is loo...

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Microsoft cleared of Motorola patent violation claim

The International Trade Commission has decided not to review the decision made last March by the administrative law judge presiding over Motorola's patent infringement case against Microsoft, thereby validating the judge's findings – which were in favor of Microsoft – and closing the ca...

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Sega and Gearbox targeted in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit

Gearbox Software and Sega have both been named in a class action lawsuit alleging that the two companies knowingly misrepresented Aliens: Colonial Marines in trade show demos. After the game was released to negative reviews, some players and critics claimed the game's trailers and demonstrations...

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TimeGate loses SouthPeak appeal, faces $7.3M in damages

TimeGate Studios lost the latest round in court of its battle against publisher SouthPeak Interactive, which could result in the studio paying $7.35 million in damages and losing the Section 8 intellectual property. Polygon obtained the court documents that SouthPeak recently won its appeal of arbi...

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House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings, prohibition of some sales to minors

Bill H.R.287, or the "Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act" as it will likely be more widely known, seeks to accomplish three goals: To make illegal the act of selling or renting video games that have not been evaluated by the ESRB, to legally prohibit the sale of Adults Only/Mature games to anyone ...

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Judge denies THQ's plan for a quick sale as Warner Bros., others show interest

Earlier this week, the various organizations to which THQ owes giant piles of money filed an objection, claiming that the developer/publisher's bankruptcy plan for a quick sale to Clearlake Capital Group was designed to minimize harm to its staff and leadership, rather than maximize its ability to ...

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Creditors, Trustee object to THQ sale conditions

Back when THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, the plan was for the developer/publisher would be sold to Clearlake Capital Group in one big chunk within 30 days, preventing the need for layoffs and avoiding the need to split THQ's various franchises up and sell them a la carte. While thi...

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