Microsoft faces lawsuit for allegedly infringing on patents to develop HoloLens

Joanna Estrada
November 23, 2017

The lawsuit by HoloTouch threatens a jury trial and triple damages for two patents from 2002 and 2004.

Technology giant Microsoft has been sued by a little-known company called HoloTouch for patent infringement. As per the report in Engadget, the patents by HoloTouch are over a decade old and are related to the holographic imaging technology.

One of the allegedly infringed patents covers everything from holographic image generation to specifics of projecting and interacting with holographic input devices such as keyboards. As Neowin reports, the demand for a jury trial and triple damages comes from the fact that HoloTouch believes Microsoft willingly infringed the patents and has the evidence to prove it. A report in Techspot stated that HoloTouch has no known products or working prototypes under its belt. HoloTouch also says it reached out to Microsoft about a possible partnership as early as 2006 without response. On the other hand, the company which claims to be an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for Augmented Reality holds patents across the globe including the UK, Japan and Canada. However, Microsoft apparently did not respond to the proposition. Finally, in November 2015 and January 2016, HoloTouch approached Microsoft to discussing licensing over its patents but Microsoft declined to enter discussions. But for mixed reality, there is one clear frontrunner in the form of Microsoft and its HoloLens smartglasses/headset.

Microsoft has encountered a legal glitch in the development of its HoloLens headset. Then in 2013 Microsoft filed its own patent for technology that described the HoloTouch technology as "prior art", which the lawsuit argues means that Microsoft was aware of the existing patents.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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