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Microsoft sues Brit game controller outfit

Microsoft is suing a British gaming accessories company, Datel Design and Development Ltd, claiming the minnow has copied game controller technology patented by the convicted monopolist.

Microsoft claims Datel's TurboFire and WildFire wireless controllers infringe on patents it owns. The patents, specifically D521,015; D522,011; D547,763; D581,422; D563,480 and D565,668, cover such details as having lights on a controller.

In the suit, Microsoft claims "a long history of technical and design innovation in the software and hardware products it develops and distributes," which certainly gave us a bit of a giggle.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in a federal court in Seattle, seeks damages and a ban on the products.

Datel Ltd. seems to be on holiday.