"They are finally able to talk more about what we know after a patent application for a gyroscopic-based input device by Microsoft has been published on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
"They were told that the motion sensing controller that Microsoft was researching had the functionality of both the Nintendo Wii Remote and the Nunchuk packed into a single device
"As you can see, they were very surprised when they saw Sony's patent as it looked similar to the Microsoft controller revealed to them. They couldn't tell you about the Microsoft controller at that time, but they could certainly report Sony's invention." writes César A. Berardini from IGN's teamxbox.com
I made a mistake in this submission, and it seems to have confused some of the posters below. The image in the story was the Sony patent. My mistake.
The image is now fixed.