Microsoft sued over Xbox Live

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 2 July 2009 07:24 GMT


Microsoft may soon have to pay the piper over a long-running patent infringement case related to Xbox Live, according to this PatentArcade piece.

In 1991, Peter Hochstein and Jeffrey Tenenbaum came up with the idea of communicating live while playing the same video game in separate locations. They patented the technology for doing so in 1994, and sued both Sony and Microsoft over alleged infringement in 2004.

Sony settled out of court in April this year, leaving Microsoft as the only defendant. The latter has attempted to stall the suit’s conclusion by complaining for weeks over a typo and dropping 140,000 documents on Hochstein and Tenenbaum with no index.

Hit the link for more. It’s paying-up time, from the sound of it.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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