The California US District Court has dismissed Gibson’s patent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, which claimed Guitar Hero controllers violated a Gibson patent for a “system for controlling a simulated musical experience”. It sounds like Gibson got a bit of a shoeing in court, too: “As a general observation, no reasonable person of ordinary skill in the relevant arts would interpret the `405 Patent as covering interactive video games,” said its introductory statement, before pointing out that Gibson’s interpretation of its patent could also be used to sue over the “button of a DVD remote… to a pencil tapping a table”. Ouch.

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