Google’s Motorola and Immersion ending haptic patent dispute
Some people love it on their gadgets, some inexplicably don’t. Whether or not you’re a fan of the
good vibration sensation that you get when turning on haptic feedback, at least you know the feature won’t cease to exist on future Android devices due to patent infringement lawsuits.
Immersion, the haptic technology developer that took Motorola Mobility to court last year for allegedly violating its six patents on touch feedback, has reached a settlement with Moto’s new owner Google. As part of the truce, Google has agreed to compensate Immersion for the use of haptic feedback on past Motorola smartphones, as well as upcoming ones.
Victor Viegas, Immersion’s CEO, responded gleefully to the agreement that both sides have reached. “The successful resolution of this case is a critical step in our overall strategy of enforcing and monetizing our intellectual property, including Basic Haptics, and we’re pleased to achieve a settlement that is consistent with our business model, which is largely based on per unit running royalties,” he said.
Does this mean that other Android manufacturers that are currently embroiled in similar legal tussle with Immersion are off the hook? Not quite. As mentioned by The Next Web, only devices released by Google and Motorola are covered in the settlement.
So, we’re going to take this opportunity to wish HTC luck in negotiating the terms of settlement with Immersion, unless Peter Chou decides to continue the firm’s battle in court.