Lego sued for patent infringement


Lego sued for patent infringement

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Toy maker Lego has been targeted in a patent infringement suit by a US business.

FigureFun filed its suit (pdf) against the company’s subsidiary Lego Systems at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division on Wednesday, March 8.

The business argued that Lego had infringed two of its patents.

The suit centres on US patent numbers 7,001,276, titled “Gaming machine and server therefor”, and 7,338,377, called “Token with built-in IC chip”.

According to the suit, Lego has infringed the ‘276 patent through its product Lego Dimensions, which “utilises a token with a built-in IC chip”.

The ‘377 patent is infringed via the Lego Dimensions product because the characters in the game include a “token for a gaming machine on which a player plays a game by controlling the character”, the suit said.

FigureFun asked for damages, royalties, interest, costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees, a jury trial and any further relief or equity the court deems just and proper. 

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