Watchdog Group Blows Whistle On Guitar Hero Brands

A qui tam case filed in the Texas Northern District Court by a patent watchdog group (The Patent Compliance Group, the PCG) against Activision Video Game Products, the firm that owns the Guitar Hero line of video games and video game products, accuses the company of patent law infringement.

The lawsuit accuses the Activision brand of improperly labeling its products with the patent and patent-pending notation used to protect brand names from copyright infringement. The case involves provision 35 U.S.C. 292(a) which establishes that, “”… whoever marks upon, or affixes to, or uses in advertising in connection with any article the words “patent applied for,” “patent pending,” or any word importing that an application for patent has been made, when no application for patent has been made, or if made, is not pending, for the purpose of deceiving the public – Shall be fined not more than US$500 for every such offense (in this case per item sold).”

Even though Activision does have some patents currently pending, PCG claims that the patents the company has filed do not cover the scope the packaging notation has claimed.

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