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End of partnership sparked Gibson suit, says Activision

Thursday, 20th March 2008 20:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt

So that’s what happened. According to a statement issued by Activision today, Gibson allegedly only decided to sue the Guitar Hero-maker for patent infringement after is became clear that the two parties weren’t to continue with their business relationship. Gibson-branded guitars are included in Guitar Hero packs at the moment. Obviously not for much longer.

“As Activision noted in its filing, Gibson waited three years to make its patent allegations, and only did so after it became clear that Activision was not interested in renewing its marketing and support agreement with Gibson,” said the statement. “Activision continues to believe that Gibson’s claims are disingenuous and lack any justification.”

Full thing after the link.

Activision Responds to Gibson Guitar Corporation’s Lawsuit against Retailers

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Mar 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The following statement was released today by Activision, Inc. in response to media and other inquiries related to Gibson Guitar Corporation’s lawsuit against retailers:

Gibson’s lawsuit is a transparent end run around an impartial court that Activision asked on March 11 to rule on patent assertions that Gibson knows have no merit. Our Guitar Hero retailing partners have done nothing wrong. We will confront this and any other efforts by Gibson to wrongfully interfere with Activision’s relationship with its customers and its consumers.

As Activision noted in its filing, Gibson waited three years to make its patent allegations, and only did so after it became clear that Activision was not interested in renewing its marketing and support agreement with Gibson. Activision continues to believe that Gibson’s claims are disingenuous and lack any justification.

SOURCE: Activision, Inc.

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