Feeds

PalmOne settles WLAN gaming patent clash

Who fragged who?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

PalmOne has come to an out-of-court accord with Peer-to-Peer Systems (PTP), the technology holding company that sued the PDA pioneer in January 2003 alleging patent infringement.

Terms of the settlement were not made public - or, rather, they'll tell you but you won't be able to tell anyone else.

Back in 2003, PTP claimed that the ability of two or more PalmOne - then trading as Palm - devices to connect wirelessly for the purpose of multi-player gaming amounted to an infringement of US patent 5,618,045, which PTP maintains on behalf of Jerusalem-based inventors Michael Kagan and Ian Solomon. They filed the patent in 1995. It was granted two years later.

It's a very general patent that covers pretty much any device that can connect wirelessly to another on an ad hoc basis for the purpose of playing games.

When the PalmOne lawsuit was initiated, PTP was already in litigation with Cybiko, a designer of handheld games consoles. It recently reach a settlement with that company too. Again, the terms of the agreement are shrouded in secrecy.

PalmOne has yet to comment on the settlement. ®

Related stories

Palm faces WLAN gaming patent infringement suit
Sierra sued over 'flawed' Voq smart phone
SMIC coughs $175m to settle espionage allegations
Rambus sues four for GDDR 'infringement'
RIM infringed NTP patents, appeal court rules
Good Technology settles with Lawsuits in Motion

Related links

US patent 5,618,045: Interactive multiple player game system and method of playing a game between at least two players
US patent 4,572,509: A video game network

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.