Bannco Corp. has lost the first round in a legal battle with SplitFish AG, SplitFish Gameware, Inc., and Nabon Corp., in a U.S. District court this week over video game controllers. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled in favor of SplitFish and partners, granting a preliminary injunction against Bannco that stops the company from selling video game controllers that allegedly use software code copied from SplitFish's "FragFX" video game controllers.
The video game controllers at the heart of this legal battle are the "FRAGNSTEIN" and "SCORCH" which Bannco produced to "mimic the SPLITFISH FRAGFX design and function" - according to SplitFish.
The judge overseeing the case, T.S. Ellis, ruled that Nabon was the original owner of the software code that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their copyright infringement claim against Nabon. Ellis also ruled that the plaintiffs had made a "sufficient showing that failure to enjoin Bannco's conduct would result in irreparable harm to the plaintiff. Read More