Sony wins $500m controller patent lawsuit ongoing since 2017

white and black playstation 5 controller on blue background

white and black playstation 5 controller on blue background


  • Sony beat a $500 million patent infringement lawsuit brought by Genuine Enabling Technology (GET) back in 2017.
  • GET claimed Sony's controller communication technology infringed on their patent for combining slow-varying and high-frequency signals.
  • The judge sided with Sony, ruling that GET failed to provide evidence of infringement.

Sony emerged victorious in a US District Court case regarding a PlayStation controller patent lawsuit that stretched back to 2017.

The lawsuit, filed by Genuine Enabling Technology (GET), alleged that Sony infringed on its '730 patent for a communication method between devices.

GET's claim centred around the technology enabling communication between Sony consoles and controllers. They argued their patented method, which transmits button presses via a "slow-varying" frequency and motion controls using a high frequency, was essential for this functionality.

However, Sony countered that GET lacked sufficient evidence to support their claims. Sony pointed out the lack of a structural match between the components in their controllers and the diagrams present in the patent.

The judge ultimately sided with Sony. Citing GET's failure to establish a "dispute of fact," the judge issued a Memorandum Opinion in Sony's favour, declaring the case a summary judgment of non-infringement and officially closing it.

This may not be the end of the road for GET, though. They currently have a similar lawsuit against Nintendo working its way through the court system, following a US Court of Appeals reversal of a prior Nintendo victory in 2022. This suggests that GET might continue pursuing legal action to enforce its patent.

While the details of the patent itself are technical, the outcome of this case sets a precedent for future disputes regarding controller communication technology. A win for GET could have potentially impacted the design of future controllers across the gaming industry. With Sony's victory, however, the status quo remains unchanged, allowing manufacturers some breathing room in terms of innovation.

It's important to note that this lawsuit only pertained to the US market. Whether GET will pursue similar actions in other countries remains to be seen. Regardless, this case serves as a reminder of the complex world of patent law and its potential impact on the technology we use every day.

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