Microsoft Sues UK Game Controller Maker

Datel Xbox 360 Controller

Microsoft isn’t about to play dead and allow anyone to take over their turf, so to speak. The latest internet news sources are reporting that the computer giant is suing UK-based company, Datel Design and Development Limited. Microsoft claims that Datel, a well-known maker of video game accessories has copied their XBox 360 controllers without permission.

According to the suit which was filed in the Western District of Washington, Seattle, on Thursday, April 1, 2010, Microsoft claims that their patents for the controllers were infringed upon. Microsoft states that the Datel controllers made for the XBox, namely, the TurboFire and Wildfire were almost replicas of their own controllers. The controllers are sold for $30 and $50 respectively.

Various news networks are reporting that as many as six patents are involved. These are: D521,015, D522,011, D547,763, D581,422, D563,480, and D565,668. Microsoft is reportedly seeking civil damages, royalties and profits resulting from the sale of the the TurboFire and Wildfire controllers. They are also asking that an injunction be placed on any further sale of the video game controllers.

There have yet been no formal comments from Datel Design and Development Limited or its US unit regarding the patent infringement lawsuit to date.

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