Gibson Guitar has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against MTV Networks and Harmonix, and Electronic Arts claiming that they have infringed its patent.
Gibson Guitar was awarded patent for musical-simulation setup combining a musical instrument with a specialized computer interface in 1999.
The lawsuit is filed at Federal District Court in Tennessee. According to Gibson Guitar, the controller of the Guitar Hero game and the notes that can be seen on the TV violate its patent.
“The defendants have not responded in a timely manner with an intent to enter into negotiations for a patent license agreement,” said Gibson in a statement. “Gibson Guitar had no alternative but to bring the suit, and it will continue to protect its intellectual property rights against any and all infringing persons.”
Guitar Hero is one of the most popular titles amongst gamers. And the latest Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was the top selling game in the US for the year 2007.