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Old 03-13-08, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default Activision's 'Guitar Hero' violates patent-Gibson

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) - Gibson Guitar Inc has told Activision Inc (ATVI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) that its wildly popular "Guitar Hero" video games infringe one of Gibson's patents, and Activision has asked a U.S. court to find the claim invalid.

Gibson said the games, in which players press buttons on a guitar-shaped controller in time with notes on a TV screen, violates a 1999 patent for technology to simulate a musical performance.

On Tuesday, Activision filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for Central California to declare Gibson's patent invalid and to bar it from seeking damages.

Gibson made its claims in a letter sent to Activision in January, a copy of which was included in Activision's lawsuit.

Activision shares closed down 1.14 percent at $26.82 on Nasdaq on Wednesday.

The "Guitar Hero" series has sold more than 14 million units in North America and raked in more than $1 billion since its 2005 debut.

Gibson, whose electric guitars are used by legendary blues and rock artists such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Slash, has been a high-profile partner in the "Guitar Hero" games, with Activision licensing the rights to model its controllers on Gibson guitar models and to use their likenesses in the game.


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Old 03-13-08, 05:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Activision's 'Guitar Hero' violates patent-Gibson

So they licence their designs to the game, then turn around 3 years later and claim the game was actually their idea??

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Old 03-13-08, 05:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Activision's 'Guitar Hero' violates patent-Gibson

What about guitarfreaks and guitarmania that came before Guitar Hero?
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They doesn't have enough cash to try and steal?
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Old 03-13-08, 08:09 PM   #5
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sounds like a desperate patent claim imo
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crainger fail grammah!
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Old 03-14-08, 08:00 AM   #7
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This news is rediculous. Gibson has more money than God. They don't need to be pulling stunts like this. The only thing I can see coming out of this lawsuit is Gibson losing popularity and reputation. I love a Gibson guitar, but I will not support a company that pulls acts like this. Its just dirty.
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