By James R. Ruggles and Jim SmithThe Associated Press – SEATTLE (AP) The company that built the Steam Machines that became the world’s most successful home entertainment system and a pillar of gaming industry sales, has been accused of illegally copying a design that Valve has said is designed to ease the pain of valve syndrome.
Valve said in a filing Friday that it is suing the makers of the Valve Spring Compressor, which is sold in a number of other Valve products, for infringing its patents.
The patent, which Valve filed in 2012, was used in the Valve Steam Machines and the Valve spring compressor.
Valves lawsuit said the Spring Compressors “appear to be based upon a valve mechanism and have a valve assembly which is positioned on the underside of the valve, and a spring system which appears to be designed to facilitate the insertion of a valve.”
Valve was one of the first companies to sell Steam Machines in the U.S. in January, and Valve has been a leader in the home entertainment industry.
The company has faced backlash over the cost of its products and the popularity of the machines.
Valve, which was founded in 2004, has made money from the machines by providing an alternative to video games.
The company said the lawsuit will seek compensatory damages for the use of its patents and patent infringement claims against Valve.
The suit was filed in U.K. federal court and is expected to be heard by the U .
S. court system.
The lawsuit said Valve said the Valve company’s patent application “may be infringed upon by Valve’s alleged use of the same patent in its own products,” and that the patents are “not only invalid, but also have not been infringed by Valve since the filing of its first patent application.”
Valves filing says the spring compressor “appears to be a valve, valve, spring system, valve and valve assembly with a valve and spring assembly, which are positioned on a flat surface on a base and with a spring spring assembly positioned above that base and above the valve and the spring assembly below that valve and, below that, the spring, and which may be rotated relative to each other.”
The suit said Valve is seeking to prevent Valve from using its patent in any Valve product for a period of three years, to prohibit Valve from incorporating Valve’s patent into any Valve device or product, to prevent any other Valve from infringing Valve’s patents, and to require Valve to provide a patent license for Valve’s product.
Valving filed for bankruptcy protection in June after failing to find a buyer for its shares in the company.
It has filed for Chapter 11 protection since July, and the company has also filed for a temporary restraining order preventing the sale of its shares.