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.