Court throws out Valve appeal over Steam Controller patent suit

Court throws out Valve appeal over Steam Controller patent suit

A federal judge in Washington State threw out Valve's appeal over the jury verdict in a patent lawsuit brought against it by Scuf Gaming.

As reported by The Esports Observer, US district judge Thomas Zilly denied the company's appeal over the $4 million fine that it found itself on the hook for after a jury found it guilty of violating Scuf's patents with the paddles on its Steam Controller. Zilly also rejected Scuf's petition to increase the financial penalty against Valve.

The Steam firm had previously argued in its opening statements of the case that it was a straightforward matter.

"The Court agrees that this case is straightforward and can be decided on the ’525 Patent and the accused device," Zilly wrote in his verdict.

"The jury appears to have done exactly that, but defendant does not like the result the jury reached. Defendant’s dissatisfaction does not constitute grounds for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial."

Valve lost the initial case in February of this year.

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