NEWS - Monday, March 28, 2005


Sony told to stop PlayStation sales

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), Sony’s gaming unit, said it would appeal the decision by a California federal court in the patent infringement case. For the time being, Sony will keep selling PlayStations because the order -- which covers the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, two game controllers and 47 software titles -- will not go into effect before the appeal, an SCE spokeswoman said. Sony will be paying compulsory license fees to Immersion, she added. Sony (Research) in January cut its operating profit estimate for this business year by 31 percent, citing sharply falling prices of televisions, DVD recorders and other key products and weak demand for chips. Immersion, a California-based developer of digital touch technologies, claimed Sony Computer Entertainment infringed on its technology that makes a game controller vibrate in sync with actions in games, the Japanese game maker said. The $90 million awarded by the court is more than triple Immersion’s total revenues of $23.8 million in 2004 and represents two-thirds of the company’s current market value of around $135 million. The court’s decision confirmed a ruling by a California jury last year that ordered Sony to pay $82 million in the case. The amount was raised to slightly over $90 million due to interest. Shares in Sony were down 0.91 percent at ¥4,360 in afternoon trade, underperforming the Tokyo stock market’s electric machinery index, which rose 0.35 percent. Immersion’s stock last traded on Thursday at $5.75, down 11 cents.
Source: http://www.money.cnn.com

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