Immersion Files Suit Against Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment for Patent Infringement.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
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Immersion Corp. (Nasdaq:IMMR IMMR Internal Memory Map Register ), a leading developer and licensor of haptic haptic /hap·tic/ (hap´tik) tactile.
Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.
tactile. feedback technology, today announced it has filed a patent infringement patent infringement n. the manufacture and/or use of an invention or improvement for which someone else owns a patent issued by the government, without obtaining permission of the owner of the patent by contract, license or waiver. lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation (company) Microsoft Corporation - The biggest supplier of operating systems and other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products include MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Microsoft Access, LAN Manager, MS Client, SQL Server, Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail, , Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc, and Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Inc. Immersion's complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Court of California, alleges infringement by Microsoft's and Sony's use of haptic technology in their popular video gaming video gaming
1. Gambling by means of interactive games of chance played on a video screen.
2. The playing of video games. consoles, such as the Microsoft Xbox(TM) and Sony PlayStation Sony Playstation - Playstation (R) and PlayStation(R)2 videogame systems, and associated controllers, accessories and software games with touch feedback.
Based on the Greek word "haptesthai," meaning touch, haptic technology enables people to feel touch sensations while interacting with a digital display, like a computer screen and a hardware device such as a joystick or mouse. Immersion's haptic technology, brand-named TouchSense(TM), enhances the user experience with sight, sound and touch simultaneously.
Since 1993, Immersion's engineering team has been focused on the development of haptic innovations for the computing, entertainment, medical simulation, 3D and automotive markets. Market leaders such as Logitech, Kensington and BMW BMW
in full Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
German automaker. Founded as an aircraft engine manufacturer in 1916, the company assumed the name Bayerische Motoren Werke and became known for its high-speed motorcycles in the 1920s. are among Immersion's many licensees. The company's intellectual property portfolio relates to a wide range of innovations for enabling haptics across broad applications and markets. Immersion and its wholly-owned subsidiaries hold over 150 issued patents worldwide.
Immersion's technology is licensed extensively within the computing and entertainment industry. Immersion has expanded its licensees into the gaming console market with partners such as MadCatz, Saitek and others. These partners have developed more than 40 touch-enabled gaming peripherals currently shipping for the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation platforms.
"The development and licensing of our haptic technology is the foundation of our business," said Bob O'Malley, chairman and chief executive officer of Immersion. "After extensive attempts to settle this infringement issue through negotiations, we decided to file the suit today to enforce our intellectual property rights."
About Immersion (www.immersion.com)
Founded in 1993, Immersion Corp. is a recognized leader in developing, licensing and marketing haptic technology and products. Bringing value to markets where user/ product interaction needs to be made more compelling, safer or productive, Immersion helps its partners develop and increase competitive advantage and broaden market reach by making the use of touch sense feedback as critical a user experience as sight and sound. Immersion's technology is deployed across personal computing, entertainment, medical training, automotive and three-dimensional simulation markets. Immersion and its wholly owned subsidiaries Wholly Owned Subsidiary
A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners. hold over 150 issued patents worldwide.
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