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Microsoft vs. Datel: Settles Dispute Over xBox 360 Controllers

Microsoft and Datel have reached a settlement in their dispute over Datel’s controllers for Xbox 360, which the Redmond company alleged to violate its design patents. A filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission says the company’s “have reached an agreement to resolve all of the issues” in the case. Related cases in U.K. and U.S. District Court in Seattle also are being dismissed.

Despite settlement in the controller case, the companies haven’t resolved the earlier antitrust suit that Datel filed against Microsoft, alleging Microsoft comapny took steps to prevent unauthorized memory units, including those from Datel, from working with Xbox 360. Datel said Microsoft was unfairly favoring its own Xbox 360 accessories.

This case continues “in full force,” said Marty Glick, a lawyer with Howard Rice in San Francisco who represents Datel in the litigation.


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