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Sega suing level 5 for patent infringement,seeking 900mil yen in damages

#21monkeypahngPosted 12/11/2012 4:26:21 AM
How can you have a patent for that?!
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#22AnonUnknownPosted 12/11/2012 4:27:41 AM
zerooo0 posted...
Bethesda with the "Scrolls"

LOL i remember that, they were going to sort things out by playing a Quake 3 online match or something.
#23_tanjil_Posted 12/11/2012 4:35:23 AM
kel25 posted...
This is bad news. Level 5 is a small company and this could put them out of business or severely hurt the company. They are one of the few companies left that I actually enjoy.

According to the article they are suing because...

“A mechanism to manipulate the characters by touching the screen with your finger or pen.” Sega is claiming that “two patents acquired by the company has been compromised”.

So why isn't Sega suing every single smart phone game and a large number of DS, 3DS, and Vita game developers?


I want to know this as well. Though non are coming to mind, aren't there numerous games that use the control a character with the touch feature on the DS
#24ace_two_maxPosted 12/11/2012 4:44:57 AM
Level 5 will win, the patent is a ‘Frand’-type innovation,

Almost the same case as Xbox360 and Motorola.
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#25Bestia_SomniaPosted 12/11/2012 4:46:09 AM
SEGA are pathetically desperate for cash. They already had to fire a lot of people and cancel several unannounced games because of money issues. Most of their recent games have been sloppy, rushed and have flopped.

SEGA will never win this case. They're just wasting any last money that they don't have. Trying to sue over a universal touch/control mechanic is like one media company trying to sue another over them also having a square symbol as the stop button on their DVD players. lol
#26catsimboyPosted 12/11/2012 4:48:51 AM
Sonic Says: If somebody uses a touch screen in a place or way that makes you feel uncomfortable that's no good.
#27JahkeemyorkPosted 12/11/2012 4:55:12 AM(edited)
There's obviously a lot more detail in the lawsuit then what that's showing.

A Patent to just control your character movement with a finger or pen isn't enough. There's definitely a lot more detail to it then that, just we won't know unless we see the actual lawsuit papers ourselves. After all I HIGHLY Doubt that patent would even be accepted if it was just that.
#28ChudamaruPosted 12/11/2012 4:54:31 AM
But isn't 900 million yen like 300 dollars US?
#29Impaired MedicPosted 12/11/2012 4:54:36 AM
I can't wait till Sega goes under, Nintendo always wins, baby.
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#30Evil_GogetaPosted 12/11/2012 4:55:56 AM
Chudamaru posted...
But isn't 900 million yen like 300 dollars US?


Not even close. 300$ is closer to 40,000 en.
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