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Virginia based company sues Microsoft over Kinect tech

updated 04:57 pm EDT, Sun September 30, 2012

Suing company specializes in biometric identification

Virginia-based Intelligent Verfication Systems. LLC is suing Microsoft over its Kinect Xbox 360 peripheral. The company believes Microsoft and software developer Majesco Entertainment stand in violation of a 2006 patent involving "Animated Toy Utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Facial Image Recognition." The Virginia company claims to have contacted Microsoft in June 2011 to inform them of the infringement, but no response to the complaint was received.

According to the complaint "The stolen technology has allegedly increased Microsoft sales by the millions and put Kinect in the Guinness World Record as the 'fastest selling consumer electronics device.'" Intelligent Verification is seeking a sales injunction on both Kinect and Majesco's potentially infringing products, a jury trial, and triple damages assuming the violation is found to be willful by the jury. Microsoft has no comment on the pending lawsuit.


Intelligent Verification Systems v. Microsoft et. al.



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  1. cgc

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    Joined: 03-25-03

    Intelligent Verification Systems doesn't even have a fricking website...I doubt they have any products other than the game cited in the complaint. At least they have a patent they did nothing with in hopes of suing someone who did build something similar.

  1. Eldernorm

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    Joined: 09-26-07

    The suing company has a patent for FACIAL recognition. I believe the Kinect used body part recognition. I do not believe the face is part of the hand or foot.

    So, if the Kinect just used the body points, head, hand, etc and not facial expressions, then these guys should just go away.

    Just a thought.

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