Konami is suing Harmonix, MTV Networks and Viacom, the makers of ‘Rock Band‘, for allegedly violating three patents relating to music games.
Konami claims that ‘Rock Band,’ an interactive music game that allows players to form a band and perform rock hits, breaks patents that Konami filed in 2002 and 2003 for the games ‘Guitar Freaks’, ‘Drummania’, and ‘Pop’n Music’. According to Konami, the publishers violated these patents in a “willful and deliberate manner”, and should pay compensation.
In response, Harmonix released an official statement calling Konami’s actions “extremely surprising”. The company says: “Unfortunately, successful products such as Rock Band can often become targets for baseless litigation. We have substantial defences to this claim and intend to vigorously defend it.”
Konami is not the first company to sue regarding ‘Rock Band’. Last year, guitar maker Gibson sued Viacom, also alleging that the game violated a patent for virtual-reality music simulation. That case is still pending.