Games publisher Ubisoft is facing a patent infringement lawsuit over its Rocksmith game, which gets players to plug a real guitar into their console to play along. The company is being sued by the makers of Guitar Apprentice, an educational guitar game that uses a similar concept, and has a patent on ‘Media system and method of progressive musical instruction’ dated October 2010. It remains to be seen how the lawsuit progresses, but it’s made us wonder whether there may be trouble ahead for some of the guitar-focused iPad apps – WildChords being the most prominent example – which provide game-like instructional features based on people playing their real instrument too.

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