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Ubisoft Loses Guitar Video Game Patent Infringement Case

Aug. 12, 2019, 1:45 PM

Ubisoft Entertainment can’t sustain a patent infringement case based on its guitar-instruction video game Rocksmith.

Ubisoft’s patent claims related to changing the difficulty of a song based on a user’s performance, and this amounts to a patent-ineligible abstract idea, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina said Aug. 9.

Ubisoft sued music-instruction software maker Yousician Oy for infringing U.S. Patent No. 9,839,852. The patent claims asserted against Yousician cover “assessing a user’s performance for improvement and selectively changing the difficulty level of a song based on that performance.”

The court found the asserted claims invalid because...

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