Back in February, a jury had already graduated Valve’s Steam controller has infringed patents owned by Ironburg Inventions, the main company of SCUF Gaming. Valve was ordered to pay $ 4 million in damages (approximately £ 2.8 million).
This week, Valve failed in their attempt to overturn the jury’s decision.
Valve’s attorneys requested a judgment as a matter of law – essentially arguing that there was not enough evidence in the case and asking for the judge to make a new decision, or requesting a new trial.
As reported by the Esports Observer, the judge denied the request. The ruling cited Valve’s own attorney who would call the case directly during the trial, before concluding, “The Court agreed that this case was straightforward and could decide on the ‘525 Patent and on the defendant device. the jury did exactly that, but the defendant did not like the result reached by the jury.The Defendant’s dissatisfaction does not form the grounds for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial.
In the same ruling, the judge also ruled against an Ironburg Inventions request for increased damages, which could have been as much as triple the damages that Valve must pay.
The patent ruled that The valve was violated associated with buttons on the back of the controller designed to be used by the user’s middle finger. SCUF Gaming makes server Controllals with buttons in those positions.
Valve stopped the Steam Controller back in 2019, but they still have hardware ambitions other than Valve Index. This week saw reports of Valve making a Nintendo Switch-like machine called the SteamPal.
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