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Microsoft Corporation v Datel Design and Development Inc., et al
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Case No. 2:2010cv02065, Filed On December 23, 2010

During December of 2011, a settlement was reached in an antitrust and patent infringement dispute between Microsoft and Datel Design and Development Ltd that began in 2009.  To summarize the details of this battle covered partially in a previous post, Microsoft implemented an update to its Xbox 360 system that prevented Datel’s memory cards from working with the console.  Datel sued Microsoft in 2009, claiming that Microsoft’s actions were anticompetitive and in violation of federal antitrust law.  In 2010, Microsoft initiated a lawsuit of its own against Datel, claiming that Datel’s Turbofire and WildFire Xbox 360 controllers infringed its patent that covers the communication between a gaming console and a wireless accessory (U.S. Patent No. 7,787,411).  Datel agreed to stop manufacturing and importing the offending devices, however Microsoft still sought compensatory damages from past infringement despite dropping the infringement case.  Finally, in December of 2011, Microsoft and Datel reached a confidential settlement agreement out of court, ending the 2 year antitrust and infringement litigation. 

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