Konami Claims Rock Band Violates Its Patents
from the losers-litigate dept
Just a few months ago guitar maker Gibson sued just about everyone for patent infringement over a patent it held on “virtual concerts.” It looks like that lawsuit may have woken up others who happen to hold “virtual concert” patents. Video game maker Konami, which had some virtual concert games years ago, also happened to get some patents on the concept and have now sued Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band. Once again, this looks like a “losers litigate” strategy. Harmonix has created a hugely successful product in the space — Konami has not. Yet, Konami wants a cut of Harmonix’s profits. That’s not the sort of incentives that should be encouraged.