Activision to pay $23.4M for patent infringement

May 7, 2024 by No Comments

Activision Blizzard was found guilty of patent infringement and Acceleration Bay was ordered to pay $23.4 million. The verdict came from the jury on May 3 after a nine-year legal battle.

According to to judgment, Activision infringed two Acceleration Bay patents related to networking and transmission technology. These techniques have been used in the multiplayer of various Activision games.

The jury returned with a verdict that Activision was liable for $18M for infringement in World of Warcraft and $5.4M for infringement in two Call of Duty titles.

When deciding on a verdict and amount, the jury was asked two questions. The first question is whether Acceleration Bay has proven by a “preponderance of the evidence” that Activision infringed the patents. The second is to determine a monetary amount that “fairly and reasonably compensates the acceleration bay.”

In a statement to Insider Gaming, Activision said it was disappointed with the ruling and would appeal.

“While we are disappointed, we believe there is a strong basis for the appeal,” an Activision spokesperson said. “We have never used the patented technologies at issue in our games.”

Prior to the lawsuit, a representative stated that the claims were unfounded due to the age of the patents.

“These are baseless claims. The technology at issue was invented about 25 years ago. We’ve never used it in our games — and we won’t,” the spokesperson said.

In addition to the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Acceleration Bay has similar patent infringement cases. Take-two And EA.

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