Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Konami and Viacom Settle Patent Fight Over Music-Video Games

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Sept. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Konami Corp. and Viacom Inc.’s Harmonix studio settled a patent dispute over music-video games including “Rock Band,” according to court filings.

Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed. The companies said in a filing yesterday in federal court in Tyler, Texas, that they agreed to dismiss “all claims and counterclaims” in the suit, filed by Konami in 2008. Notice the companies agreed to drop a Viacom suit against Konami was filed today in federal court in Boston.

Konami, based in Tokyo, makes “Rock Revolution,” which simulates playing popular music and Harmonix, owned by New York-based Viacom, makes the competing “Rock Band.” Each suit claimed infringement of patents related to game controllers that simulate musical instruments.

The Konami case is Konami Digital Entertainment Co. v. Harmonix Music Systems Inc., 08cv286, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (Tyler). The Viacom case is Harmonix Music Systems Inc. v. Konami Digital Entertainment Co., 09cv10206, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston).

To contact the reporter on this story: Susan Decker in Washington at sdecker1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Liebert at lliebert@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.