EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Disney Settle Patent Lawsuit

Ubisoft, Sony, Disney Interactive and Electronic Arts have settled with a voice recognition technology patent holder who accused them of infringment, Gamasutra reports.

The four reached an undisclosed "mutual agreement" with Bareis Technologies before they all appeared in court accused of violating its patent, then filed for mutual dismissal.

The patent in question covers using voice recognition to issue commands and was seemingly intended to be used for such uses as telling a CD player to play a track. The defendees, Boreas claimed, violated the patent by creating where players could vocally issue commands to the AI, naming titles including Tom Clancy's EndWar by Ubisoft, Sony's SOCOM, EA's NASCAR 06 and Disney's Phonics Quest as offenders.

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    April 28, 2010 7:51 AM

    So their suing them like 6 years after some of the games were released?

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      April 28, 2010 8:33 AM

      And what is really novel about this patent? We've had voice recognition since the 1950s. I think there was IBM Viavoice and stuff on the market before this was even filed. I dunno what they could do but even if it was just typing, thats still a command to the computer to type a word on the screen.

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