Activision, Gibson Settle Latest Suit

Activision and guitar maker Gibson have been tangled in substantial legal controversy during the past year over a patent related to music games. Last week, however, the companies put their latest dispute to rest in a California district court.

Court documents obtained by Gamasutra show that the two companies settled Activision Publishing vs. Gibson Guitar Corporation earlier this month. On April 13, the judge subsequently dismissed with prejudice both Activision's claims against Gibson and Gibson's counterclaims against the Guitar Hero publisher.

In March, Activision filed suit against Gibson for a declaratory judgment. Activision wanted a court to declare that the Guitar Hero franchise did not infringe on Gibson's patent, "System and method for generating and controlling a simulated musical concert experience." Activision also wanted the court to find that the patent overall was invalid, among other claims of relief.

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