August 3, 2010

Microsoft wins judgment in Xbox patent-infringement case

A federal judge has sided with Microsoft after a six-year legal battle over allegations that the Xbox Live multiplayer gaming system violated a 1994 patent held by inventors Peter A. Hochstein and Jeffrey Tenenbaum. They also sued Sony, but the PlayStation maker settled out of court in April 2009. Their patent claims technology that allows people to play video games over an electronic network, but Judge Paul D. Borman in Detroit ruled the patent did not extend to Xbox Live. Microsoft had no comment Monday. It's the same case in which Borman, last summer, threatened to sanction Microsoft over "frivolous" legal misconduct during the trial.

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