Valve is accused of violating a patent for the creation of the Steam Controller. It appears to have used a proprietary technology from the controller manufacturer SCUF in its development.
During the trial, Ironburg Invention (SCUF Intellectual Property) attorney Robert Becker explained that Valve had been warned back in 2014 that the Steam Controller – at that time only being a prototype – had a control on the back of the controller. which the Ironburg Invention has just patented.
However, Valve continued to work on its prototype and released the Steam Controller in 2015. The accessory had sales of 1.5 million devices as of September 2018.
This is US patent No. 8641525, which was filed in 2011 by Simon Burgess and Ironburg Invention CEO Duncan Ironmonger. It has since been taken over by Microsoft to develop Xbox controllers.
“Valve’s willful ignorance of its violation is at the heart of this case.Becker said. – Valve knew that her behavior carried an unreasonable risk of violation, but she continued to violate – the classic story of David and Goliath: Goliath does what he wants “…
Valve lawyer Trent Webb argues that the Steam Controller does not match the Ironburg Invention patent. The production and release of the controller itself was discontinued back in November 2019.
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