US court throws out Gibson Guitar Hero case

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 3 March 2009 08:42 GMT


An American court has dismissed a patent infringement case bought against Activision by guitar-maker Gibson.

Gibson alleged Guitar Hero’s mock guitars – modeled on Gibson guitars under license – infringed on a patent it registered in 1999 for “technology for simulating a musical performance.”

“No reasonable person of ordinary skill in the relevant arts would interpret the ‘405 Patent as covering interactive video games,” wrote Judge Mariana R Pfaelzer in a ruling obtained by GameSpot.

“Gibson would have this Court determine that any device that controls something that produces musical sounds is covered by the ‘405 Patent.”

The case was originally files last March.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.




  • Rocksmith bundles include Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitars

    Ubisoft has announced bundles for Rocksmith, created via a partnership with Gibson, which will bundle Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitars with the game.

  • Gibson sues EA over Rock Band

    This is going to be awesome. Not content with getting extremely legal on Harmonix’s behind over alleged patent infringement over Guitar Hero, guitar-maker Gibson is now suing EA over Rock Band. EA now joins Harmonix, MTV and owner Viacom as being on the sharp end of Gibson’s legal wrath. According to Gibson, the companies have […]

Guitar Hero