The Opening Movement in a Music-Based Online Gaming Campaign Filed in Alabama

April 27, 2017

Bama Gaming LLC, an apparent affiliate of Equitable IP Corporation formed in Alabama, has initiated a gaming campaign with two lawsuits, one against Activision Blizzard (Budcat Creations, Infinity Ward, Neversoft Entertainment, Vicarious Visions) and Ubisoft (Ubisoft Learnington (f/k/a FreeStyleGames, sued under its old name)) (1:17-cv-00182) and another against Harmonix-SBE Holdings (Harmonix Music Systems), Mad Catz, and Performance Designed Products (1:17-cv-00182). The five patents (5,728,960; 6,084,168; 7,074,999; 7,098,392; 7,612,278) asserted in each new complaint generally relate to the visual presentation of musical compositions (e.g. digital music stands). The first complaint targets Guitar Hero; the second, Rock Band. The five patents-in-suit belong to a family of 13, with the two earliest, the ‘960 and ‘168 patents, previously asserted in litigation by their sole named inventor.

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