Microsoft is now being sued over alleged patent infringement because of tech employed in its HoloLens combined reality headset.
Connecticut-based technology firm HoloTouch recently declared it has filed a patent infringement suit against Microsoft in the Southern District of New York (through Neowin). According to the submitting, HoloTouch, which works to make ways for humans to interact with machines without touching them, hinting that Microsoft has infringed on two of its patents relating to interacting with holographic pictures.
In a statement, ” HoloTouch said:
Companies are using in addition to making and selling products which involve interacting with holographic images of what would otherwise be buttons or keys of electronic equipment or electro-mechanical devices to operate them. Without our consent, any of these activities violate our several patents and patents pending. In many cases, infringers of our patents have been conscious of development and our possession of this technology, possibly subjecting them to enhanced compensation in addition to periodic penalties for patent infringement. Confidentiality agreements have been signed by infringers and been provided with demonstrations of our advanced and tested technology.
According to the filing, HoloTouch states it approached Microsoft in 2006 for a venture, but Microsoft never responded. Microsoft mentioned HoloTouch’s patents as prior art in a 2013 patent filing, demonstrating that it had been conscious of the patents of HoloTouch. HoloTouch states it achieved to Microsoft from 2016 and 2015 to talk about arranging a licensing arrangement for the patents in question.
It seems as though the suit against Microsoft might be the first of several. HoloTouch says that it is preparing complaints against other companies that it claims are infringing on its patents.