In February, Valve was ordered to pay $ 4 million to Ironburg Inventions, the father of SCUF Gaming, for violating the company's patents with the steam controller. The case focused on the driver's rear blades: Ironburg's lawyers claimed that Valve had been warned of the infringement after this 2014 revealed a prototype of the driver, but proceeded to develop it and release it from all ways, while Valve claimed that the buttons were different from those in the Ironburg patents and that there was no infringement.
After the verdict, Valve filed a motion requesting a trial by law — in essence, that the judge overturn the verdict and issue a new sentence — or a new trial, because the jury's findings and damages of damages "were not supported by the evidence." In a ruling issued earlier this week (available in full via The Sports Observer), however, the judge disagreed, saying that sufficient evidence was presented and, in fact, they were quite simple and straightforward.
"In his initial statement, (Valve) 's attorney told the jury that" this is a patent case as simple as you might expect, since every decision you have to make in this trial you can take it with just two pieces. evidence, ”the ruling reads. The lawyer (from Valve) asked the jury to "focus on these two essential evidence," which would be "the center of the whole trial," and indicated that if the jury did so and based its decision "in reality," I would have no problem making the right decision at the end of this case. "
“The Court agrees that this case is simple and can be decided on the patent” 525 and the accused device. The jury seems to have done exactly that, but the defendant does not like the result obtained by the jury. Defendant 's dissatisfaction is not grounds for trial as a matter of law or a new trial. "
Valve's advantage is that the judge also rejected Ironburg's claim for major damages, which could have tripled the amount of the award. The sentence states that the offense is of the "garden variety" type, rather than something more blatant as the "piracy" of an invention, so that no form of punitive damages is justified.
Valve may be able to appeal the matter further, but Darius Gambino, an intellectual property lawyer at law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, told The Sports Observer that he could choose to take the resolution against the increased damages. as a victory and to continue with his life, especially since he was the Steam Controller it was discontinued in 2019. “Valve can only afford the $ 4 million and it can be put to an end because it’s not an ongoing product that continues to generate sales,” Gambino said.
I have contacted Valve for feedback on the ruling and will update if I receive a response.