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Immersion pays $20.8m settlement to Microsoft

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed August 27, 2008

Immersion settles with MS

It was announced today that Immersion Corp. will pay $20.8 million to Microsoft to settle a lawsuit regarding vibration technology used in the latter's gaming system controllers. As part of the settlement, Immersion will join Microsoft's Certified Partner Program. The now-discarded lawsuit stems from a This puts an end to the lawsuit Microsoft filed back in June of 2007. Microsoft sought at least $15 million of $100 million paid by Sony, in addition to 25 percent of the amount over $100 million and below $150 million. Immersion filed a countersuit, alleging Microsoft breached a May 2007 confidentiality agreement set between the two companies.

The legal affair involving Immersion, Sony and Microsoft dates back to 2002, when Immersion sued both electronics companies for infringing its patents related to the vibration controllers for the Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 2 gaming consoles.

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