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Monday, 25 July 2011 16:31

Patent troll goes after Kinect

Written by Nick Farell


You probably were not expecting this
Microsoft and eight games publishers have been sued by an outfit which insists that the Kinect infringes some of its patents. Redmond's Kinect motion tracking system has been a sales success for the firm, and made it pots of cash.

But Impulse Technology is claiming that Microsoft and some of the largest games publishers in the industry are infringing its patents. Impulse said that it informed Microsoft of its patents, most of which are titled "System and method for tracking and assessing movement skills in multidimensional space". The patents were filed as far back as 1999. Patent number 6430997 granted 13 August 2002, describes a system for quantifying physical motion of a player or subject and providing feedback to facilitate training and athletic performance. A preferred system creates an accurate simulation of sport to quantify and train several novel performance constructs by employing: sensing electronics for determining, in essentially real time, the player's three dimensional positional changes in three or more degrees of freedom and computer controlled sport specific cuing that evokes or prompts sport specific responses from the player.

Sounds pretty good to us. But we are sure that it is not what it seems. So far none of these patent rows appear to be about technology which was invented and specifically nicked. The US Patent system is pretty much a joke at the moment, and no one seems that keen to do much to improve it.

Nick Farell

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+2 #1 Alterecho 2011-07-25 16:50
Quote:
Patent number 6430997

Hold on, hold on, so there are 6million+ potential patent trolls if those numbers are quantitative?

I'm sure not one of them is Archimedes, Galileo, Einstein, etc...
 
 
+4 #2 Boomstick777 2011-07-25 16:56
Every time a company designs a good product and gets great sales, some group of deuce bags claim they designed it and try to sue, it really sucks, why not spend time designing your actual own products instead of trying to sue everyone else and make a living by being a parasite. Scums lol :-D
 
 
+8 #3 redunion1940 2011-07-25 17:14
I hate patents.
Company A: I have an idea I need a patent to protrect my idea so I can develop this technology or I will have no reason to do so.
10 years later
Company B: Hey look at this amazing technology we have. It took us a few years to develop.

Company A: Hey they took our idea, I know we haven't done anything but there destroying our incentive to develop this.
 
 
+2 #4 chyll2 2011-07-25 17:27
agreed. patent law sucks. it is counter-productive for those who thinks creative ideas and one being able to produce them.

it needs to be changed and updated, like for example, a patent should have a working design after a certain timeline.
 
 
-8 #5 Warrior24_7 2011-07-25 17:37
"Copyright © Fudzilla 2007-2011 Published by Fudzilla 2007-2011, All rights reserved" :oops:


Bwwaaahahahahaa h!!!!! :D Its one thing to be a hyopcrite, but why did dey do dat? Wut rights? Wut does dat meen? Dats funy!
 
 
0 #6 p4l1ndr0m3 2011-07-25 18:02
Quoting redunion1940:
I hate patents.
Company A: I have an idea I need a patent to protrect my idea so I can develop this technology or I will have no reason to do so.
10 years later
Company B: Hey look at this amazing technology we have. It took us a few years to develop.

Company A: Hey they took our idea, I know we haven't done anything but they're destroying our incentive to develop this.


fixed
 
 
+1 #7 bene 2011-07-25 19:16
Quote:
System and method for tracking and assessing movement skills in multidimensiona l space

oh my god!!! i just recently noticed my eyes can do this. will they sue me? am i doomed?

come on, kinect is basically just a simple tof-camera. they just wrote some software for it and built millions of it to get the price per unit down.
 
 
+2 #8 redunion1940 2011-07-25 22:03
Quoting Warrior24_7:
"Copyright © Fudzilla 2007-2011 Published by Fudzilla 2007-2011, All rights reserved" :oops:


Bwwaaahahahahaa h!!!!! :D Its one thing to be a hyopcrite, but why did dey do dat? Wut rights? Wut does dat meen? Dats funy!


Copyright =/= Patent
 
 
0 #9 123s 2011-07-25 22:11
But its close, specially because both get abused
 
 
0 #10 bardenck 2011-07-25 22:18
Quoting Boomstick777:
Every time a company designs a good product and gets great sales, some group of deuce bags claim they designed it and try to sue, it really sucks, why not spend time designing your actual own products instead of trying to sue everyone else and make a living by being a parasite. Scums lol :-D


true, assuming those people are in fact full of $hit!
 

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