Valve is being sued by Immersion Company for allegedly infringing on seven patents relating to the touch know-how, or haptics, in its Steam Deck and Valve Index {hardware}. Immersion Company, based in 1993, is an organization that had an early historical past within the growth of touchscreen know-how, together with a partnership with Microsoft, however from the 2000s onwards appears to have grow to be an increasing number of litigious: To the extent it has been described as a “patent troll (opens in new tab)“. It claims to personal over 1,650 patents associated to haptics, and prior to now has sued Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and most just lately Meta Platforms.

Immersion Company describes itself as “the main developer and supplier of applied sciences for haptics” and has filed swimsuit in Washington district court docket (opens in new tab). The swimsuit says Valve’s infringed seven of its patents and Immersion is seeking to have it enjoined from additional infringement and, the vital half, “to recuperate an inexpensive royalty for such infringement”.