Microsoft Being Sued For $90-Million Over Alleged 'Halo' Patent Infringements


Posted March 10, 2009 - By Raymond Padilla

Microsoft Being Sued For $90-Million Over Alleged 'Halo' Patent Infringements

Bloomberg News has reported that Microsoft is being sued for $90-million over patent infringements involving Halo. The game allegedly violates two patents developed by MPath Interactive, a company that Microsoft met with prior to Halo's release. The patents were purchased by PalTalk Holdings for $200,000.

"The trial in Marshall, Texas, centers on technology for ways to control interactive applications over multiple computers. MPath was 'a pioneer in the online video industry in the area of real-time, multiplayer online games,' PalTalk lawyer Max Tribble told the jury. 'Microsoft had many meetings with MPath regarding their technology, and Microsoft found the technology to be very valuable,' he said."

Without seeing any of the specifics, this sounds like one of those lawsuits that will be settled out of court for a large sum of money. Anyone remember Sony's lengthy battle with Immersion over the Dual Shock controller? This smells like the same thing.


Microsoft Being Sued For $90-Million Over Alleged 'Halo' Patent Infringements


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