'Guitar Hero' sparks patent dispute between Activision, Gibson - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

'Guitar Hero' sparks patent dispute between Activision, Gibson

 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Video game publisher Activision Inc. wants a federal judge in California to declare that its popular "Guitar Hero" game does not violate a patent held by real-guitar maker Gibson Guitar Corp. of Nashville.

In a lawsuit, Activision said Gibson is pressing it to stop selling all versions of "Guitar Hero" or pay to obtain a license from the company.

Activision said in the lawsuit that it doesn't want or need a license under the Gibson patent.

The dispute arose in January, when Gibson attorneys sent Activision a letter accusing it of violating a patent.

"Guitar Hero" users perform songs using a stringless, plastic guitar that plugs into a game console. A TV connected to the gaming console displays animated musicians playing along and graphics that guide users' play.


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