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 Mar 14, 2006 - 02:18 PM - by Michael
* Sony loses latest round in rumble lawsuit

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Sony's bad luck in courts continues - one of their main defenses in a patent dispute over their controller rumble feature has been thrown out.


In the last ruling against Sony, made in early 2005, Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court levied an $82 million award to Immersion Corp., or 1.37% of Sony's sales of PlayStations and PlayStation-related paraphernalia. The $82 million is less than the $299 million originally sought by Immersion Corp., but the court ruled that Sony's infringement of the vibration patents was not willful and therefore not deserving of the full penalties.

However, in this latest ruling appealing that $82 million award, according to a Wall Street Journal report, Sony's defence was the alleged nondisclosure of some of the inventions of key employee Craig Thorner. who has been a consultant both for Immersion and subsequently for Sony. But, according to the report, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken was unhappy with Thorner's testimony supporting Sony, given that he had also been paid by Sony, and so dismissed this line of defence.

 

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