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Capcom suing Koei Tecmo

Capcom suing Koei Tecmo

Tue 26 Aug 2014 2:39pm GMT / 10:39am EDT / 7:39am PDT
Legal

Resident Evil publisher accuses Dynasty Warriors firm of multiple patent infringement

Capcom is suing fellow Japanese publisher Koei Tecmo for infringing a number of its patents, according to a Siliconera translation of a Sankei report.

The patents in question cover a number of practices, such as letting players in a new game import or unlock content from an older title. Another patented technique at issue is the use of a controller vibration to alert players of nearby enemies.

Capcom alleges that 50 Koei Tecmo titles infringe on its patents, and is seeking ¥980 million ($9.43 million) in damages, equivalent to a license fee of a little more than 10 percent of what Capcom claims Koei Tecmo has profited from its infringement. Additionally, Capcom is also looking to halt the sale of a number of titles as part of the suit.

6 Comments

Richard Browne EVP Gaming and Interactive, Evergreen Studios

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Capcom's best source of income is now being a patent troll? Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Richard Browne on 27th August 2014 7:00pm

Posted:2 months ago

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Payton Liu Production Support Analyst, IBM China

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You gotta be kidding me...
The patents in question cover a number of practices, such as letting players in a new game import or unlock content from an older title. Another patented technique at issue is the use of a controller vibration to alert players of nearby enemies.
What next? Start to charge everyone for implementing DLC models? Wait..., it wasn't invented by Capcom.
Maybe suing Konami on Silent Hill series for infringing patents of Resident Evil?

Posted:2 months ago

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Well theres always the hope that if they make up we may get a Street Fighter Vs. Dead or Alive game.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 27th August 2014 3:35am

Posted:2 months ago

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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing

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Imdont think they're in any hurry to do more crossover games. SFxTekken didn't do so hot. SF 4 outsold it about 6-1

Posted:2 months ago

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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They once defined what video game meant, they have franchises which still tingle a nostalgic nerve, but if you say modern mass market audience quality game, you hardly think of Capcom anymore.

Posted:2 months ago

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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I'm surprised they are not suing them for releasing the same game year after year with minimum changes and sell it at full retail price; something that Tecmo is doing and little things are more "Capcomish" than that.

Posted:2 months ago

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