Gibson fail in Guitar Hero court case

Judge dismisses patent wrangle

Guitar-makers Gibson have had their Guitar Hero patent infringement case chucked out by a US court, the Activision lawsuit apparently falling somewhat flat.

Gibson had contended that Guitar Hero's 'guitar' controllers had infringed a 1999 patent, covering "technology for simulating a musical performance." Bizarrely, the game's controllers are actually licensed models of real Gibson axes.

"No reasonable person of ordinary skill in the relevant arts would interpret the '405 Patent as covering interactive video games," said Judge Mariana R Pfaelzer according to GameSpot.

"Gibson would have this Court determine that any device that controls something that produces musical sounds is covered by the '405 Patent."

It is unclear if Gibson plan to appeal against this ruling.

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