Video games are big business, particularly Activisionââ?¬â?¢s wildly popular Guitar Hero series of games. However, there is a recently filed suit that 8 year old Eric Clapton prodigies the world over shall greatly lament. Gibson is suing Activision for infringing their 1999 patent 5,990,405, entitled “System and Method for Generating and Controlling a Simulated Musical Concert Experience.” A coupe of days ago, Activision filed a Declaratory Judgment alleging invalidity and an implied license due to the fact that Gibson waited 3 years (Guitar Hero debuted in 2005) to assert their patent. The gameââ?¬â?¢s young denizens will be dismayed to hear that their favorite axe may no longer be a part of the Guitar Hero experience. As Guitar Hero disciples are well aware, the weapons of choice for many are the Gibson Les Paul and Gibson SG, however with Gibson suing the makers of the game, we can only hope that those guitar controllers will continue to be available. However, according to Reuters, Activision general counsel George Rose said in a statement that ââ?¬Å?Gibson is a good partner, and we have a great deal of respect for them. We disagree with the applicability of their patent and would like a legal determination on this.” So hopefully this dispute can be resolved peaceably and fans of the game can go back to rocking and rolling all night, and partying ev-ery day.

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