Freedom Wave LLC v. Mad Catz Inc. et al., CV 2:05-cv-02954 (C.D. Cal. 2005)

Technology at issue: Wireless game controllers

Case Update:

This case is now closed. In July of 2005 the case was ordered by the court to a private mediator based upon a stipulation of the parties. On February 8, 2006, Mad Catz filed a joint settlement report, and on March 3, 2006, the action was dismissed without prejudice.

Original Post:

Freedom Wave LLC, apparent owner of at least six patents directed to various technologies for wireless game controllers, has sued Mad Catz Inc., Nyko Technologies Inc., and Logitech Inc. for patent infringement. The specific patents at issue are:
U.S. Pat. No. 6,280,327 – Wireless Game Control Units
U.S. Pat. No. 6,878,066 – Wireless Game Control Units

In its complaint filed April 21, 2005, Freedom Wave LLC alleges that Mad Catz et al. infringe the above patents by “making, using, selling, and offering for sale, products embodying the patented invention including, but not limited to, wireless game controllers that feature vibration.” Complaint at 3-4 (emphasis added). In addition to the above-named patents, Freedom Wave LLC also owns the following patents, which were not asserted in the April 21, 2005, complaint:
U.S. Pat. No. 6,585,596 – Wireless Game Control Units
U.S. Pat. No. 6,659,871 – Wireless Game Control Units
U.S. Pat. No. 6,719,633 – Wireless Game Control Units
U.S. Pat. No. 6,743,101 – Wireless Game Control Units

The Patent Arcade will continue to monitor this case on a regular basis and provide new information as it becomes available.