Another Zoom Trial First: Gaming Controllers For Remote Jury

By Cara Salvatore (January 21, 2021, 11:21 PM EST) -- An upcoming first-of-its-kind Zoom trial may sport a second novel feature if a judge goes ahead with his plan to help jurors decide whether Valve Corp.'s video game controllers infringe a competitor's patent by sending each juror a controller in the mail during the trial.

The trial against Valve — maker of A-list video games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Portal, as well as the operator of the wildly popular Steam game-download platform — is set to start Monday in Seattle federal court. The case will be the first patent jury trial to be held via the Zoom videoconferencing software.

The plaintiff,...

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