Impulse Technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft and eight big video game publishers over Kinect motion gaming technology.
The Ohio based company has claimed that Microsoft’s Kinect motion gaming system violates seven of its patents that are related to technology that tracks users’ body movement and allows them to play games without using a controller.
The patents in question are U.S. Patent numbers 6,308,565; 6,430,997; 6,765,726; 6,876,496; 7,359,121; and 7,791,808, which describe a ‘System and method for tracking and assessing movement skills in multidimensional space’.
The company claims that Microsoft was made aware of the patent violations before it was forced to file a lawsuit.
Impulse Technology has also accused eight big game publishers including EA, Sega, and Konami. The lawsuit (opens in new tab) said they published exercise games, sports games and other games for Microsoft Kinect, which violates its technology.
"While we can't comment about this specific case, Microsoft invests heavily in protecting our intellectual property rights and has hundreds of pending and issued patents covering Kinect," Kevin Kutz, director of public affairs at Microsoft, said in a statement.
Kinect has been selling like hot cakes since it was launched and has boosted Xbox 360 life span considerably. It was a matter of time before someone filed a lawsuit to make some money out of it.