Gibson 'Settles' Patent Lawsuit Over Guitar Hero

from the rock-on dept

You may recall that famed guitar maker Gibson started claiming that its patent (5,990,405) on a "simulated musical concert" system was being infringed upon by various musical video games. Gibson went nuclear, suing everyone it could possibly think of, including companies who were just retailers of the game for patent infringement. Pretty quickly a court told Gibson that the lawsuit "bordered on the frivolous" which didn't bode well for Gibson. However, THREsq points us to the news that Gibson has "settled" the lawsuit and will be dropping the case. Given the way the courts reacted early on to the lawsuit, you have to imagine that "settlement" wasn't for very much money. My guess is that Viacom offered Gibson something less than it would have cost to continue defending these lawsuits to make the company go back to focusing on making guitars.

Filed Under: guitar hero, patent, settlement
Companies: activision, gibson, viacom


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    Sarah, 20 Jul 2010 @ 3:17pm

    Gibson and guitar lessons

    This totally makes me look at Gibson in a new light. I thought they were the kind of company that would stay out of this kind of legal non-sense. My first Guitar lessons were on a Gibson so I feel somewhat attached to it still. All of that said, I do understand that patents do carry a lot of weight in this country. Just think though, someone could sue Gibson for their design, it's all the same to me.

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