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Immersion forced to pay Microsoft $20 million

Wednesday, 27th August 2008 07:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt

In what is hopefully a finale to a long legal farce, Immersion has been ordered to pay Microsoft $20.75 million as a result of Sony including rumble technology in its PS3 controllers.

Immersion owns the rumble patent, but had agreed to pay Microsoft a one-off sum of $15 million should Sony include rumble in DualShock 3 after Microsoft paid to have vibrating 360 pads. When Sony announced is was to release a second PS3 controller over Sixaxis, Immersion refused to cough up.

So Microsoft took it to court and won. The end. Thanks Kotaku. Press release after the link.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug 26, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that Immersion and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), have settled their litigation, which was pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington since June 2007.

Immersion and Microsoft have agreed to resolve Microsoft’s claim under a 2003 Sublicense Agreement between Microsoft and Immersion, as well as Immersion’s counterclaim that Microsoft breached a confidentiality agreement between the companies dated May 2007. Immersion agreed to make a one time payment to Microsoft in the amount of $20.75 million. In addition, Immersion will be admitted to Microsoft’s Certified Partner Program. Other terms of the settlement are confidential.

“We are pleased to resolve our outstanding dispute with Microsoft and to put this litigation behind us,” said Immersion president and CEO Clent Richardson. “We now have our full attention and focus devoted to working with innovative companies around the world, including Microsoft, to accelerate and rapidly achieve global adoption of our haptic technology in gaming, consumer electronics, mobility, and medical products.”

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9 Comments

  1. Denali2

    see look all these M$ gurlscouts say microsoft don’t pay companies off. this is why i hate microsoft they talk so cocky about 360 but they scared to go head to head against PS3. first its timed out games so they cant compete with PS3 second spending a sh*t load of money for PS3 titles (cough,cough FF XII)and a few others. the h*lls wrong with microsoft SONY been using rumble since PS1.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. No_PUDding

    You are cross with them acquiring previous generation franchises? They didn’t steal it.

    Good job Microsoft is all I can say. And I am not their biggest fan as everyone here will tell you.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Dr.Haggard

    Oh fucking hell, don’t tell me the fantards have found this place now.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. morriss

    Nintendo had it first, mind. Someone stole the idea from them, too.

    Sony didn’t invent consoles, you know.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    Are you insinuating I am one, Dr Haggard? Regardless have you read TIG? Issun posted some stuff you might be interested in.

    Morriss, no one even stole a thing. It’s not like Nintendo invented Final Fantasy or Sony. And to be honest, it’s unlucky for Microsoft that they have bought into a dying franchise.

    It goes for all the old franchises this generation. GTA4 didn’t work very well, DMC4 didn’t work great. I don’t expect FFXIII to suddenly be VII all over again.

    By the way, didn’t Nintendo do rumble first?

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    lol @ Denali2. Sony and MS used Immersion’s tech without paying for it and they got sued. MS settled with Immersion and bought part of the company at the same time. Sony refused to settle, tried to appeal, failed and then got stung by the courts for even more money.

    Where exactly does the system wars come into any of that?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    Psychotext, you know me, I can tell you a serious answer without any ridicule won’t work with this dude.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    I’m not sure anything short of major brain surgery would have any effect on him.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Dr.Haggard

    No I wasn’t referring to you pudding.

    #9 6 years ago

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