Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

December 12, 2012 -

Level-5 CEO Hiroshi Akihiro Hino has responded to Sega's recent lawsuit, denying that the Professor Layton and Dragon Quest developer infringed on Sega's patents and called for the lawsuit to be dismissed. Hino made his statement on the Level-5 Japanese web site.

According to a rough Google translation of the statement, Hino says that his company has researched Sega's claims and has found that there is nothing to constitute infringement. Sega's lawsuit alleges that Level-5's Inazuma Eleven game violates a vague patents related to controlling characters with a combination of touch and stylus controls.

But Hino says that they released the first game in the soccer RPG series way back in 2008, while Sega secured the patents in questions sometime in 2009 and 2011.

Hino thinks that Sega's lawsuit is meant to "limit" the games that Level-5 and others developers who use similar control schemes can make. Sega is seeking 900 million yen from the developer in damages. We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Kotaku by way of Polygon


Comments

Re: Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

With this and the Shining thing, I'm not sure I want to buy or play a Sega game ever again.

Re: Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

Does Sega even make anything worth playing anymore?

Re: Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

Sonic Generations was pretty good. And, and I know they didn't MAKE it but they put it out, Binary Domain is getting pretty mixed reviews.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

Space Harrier 3D was going to be a download and if they ever released anymore Game Gear games on the 3DS but other than that no.

Re: Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

Of course it has no merit, this is merely patent trolling by a company that is really hurting for cash at this point. But, has patent trolling ever NOT worked?

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Level-5 CEO Says Sega Lawsuit Has No Merit

Every once in a while someone will stand up to a patent troll and the troll will back down. But that doesn't happen very often especially when the troll is a fulltime troll or a non-practicing entity.

 
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