3Dlabs Founders’ New Company Sues Sony over Game Streaming

July 25, 2019

Sony (8:19-cv-01432) has been sued in the Central District of California by Intellectual Pixels Limited (IPL) over a family of patents originally developed at 3Dlabs, the cofounders of which control IPL. The four asserted patents generally relate to providing remote access to a graphics application, with IPL’s infringement allegations targeting Sony’s provision of the PlayStation Now gaming streaming service and the PlayStation Remote Play and Remote Play app streaming service, with underlying technologies developed by Gaikai and acquired by Sony in 2012. IPL’s complaint recounts the history of 3Dlabs, from independence as a “prominent develop of graphics processing units” through acquisition by Creative Technology in 2002, the plaintiff further pleading that “[a]lthough never commercialized by 3Dlabs or Creative, the concept of cloud gaming and streaming other graphics applications from a server or the cloud to a client device was considered one of the most valuable inventions developed by 3Dlabs”.

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