Microsoft sued over Kinect

Impulse technology has also said that it is suing gaming giants like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and THQ

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Microsoft sued over Kinect Impulse Technology is suing Microsoft for infringement of seven of its patents
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  July 24, 2011

Ohio-based Impulse Technology is suing Microsoft over alleged infringement on its patents with regards to the Kinect motion sensor.

The company has filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Delaware and has accused Microsoft and other game makers like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and THQ of violating patents it holds. These violations are mainly related to tracking and assessing movement skills in multidimensional spaces.

Impulse technology says that the Kinect has violated seven of its patents issued from 2001 to last year, and Microsoft was apparently notified about these infringements in March. Microsoft has declined to comment on these specific charges but has said it always tries to make sure that its products don't violate the rights of patent holders.

Kevin Kutz, Director of Public Affairs at Microsoft said, "While we can't comment about this specific case, Microsoft invests heavily in protecting its intellectual property rights and has hundreds of pending and issued patents covering Kinect."

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