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Sony Appeals Immersion Suit, Wins Stay on Injunction

Following the January decision against Sony in Immersion Corp.'s lawsuit, which alleged that Sony had violated its patent...
Following the January decision against Sony in Immersion Corp.'s lawsuit, which alleged that Sony had violated its patents on force-feedback mechanisms with the Dual Shock controller, Sony is appealing the decision to the Federal court. In the interim, Judge Claudia Wilkins of the District circuit granted Sony a stay on the injunction against selling their infringing products, which would include the PlayStation 2 console, the Dual Shock controllers, and certain games named in the suit that use the vibration technology. Should Sony lose the appeal, or lose the case in a higher court, they would likely either have to stop sale of the offending items completely or pay Immersion the full amount owed in back royalties; Wilkins's decision says that Sony does not have to recall product but will be responsible for licensing fees on anything already in the market. Sony currently owes Immersion Corp. $90 million in back fees. Another unknown factor is whether or not the decision will affect future Sony products, from upcoming PlayStation 2 games to its in-development next-generation console. The ruling will not affect the new PlayStation Portable, as it has no force-feedback motors or games.

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