Microsoft settles Datel patent row

Software giant Microsoft and the Staffordshire-based Datel have finally buried the hatchet in their long running legal war.

Datel originally took Microsoft to court in November 2009 after claiming a 360 dashboard update blocked its accessories from working. Among the things that were blocked was Datel’s Max Memory cards.

Datel claimed that Vole was playing monopoly and using its powers to cut out competition.

Microsoft sued Datel in 2010 for alleged patent infringement of the official Xbox 360 controller. Datel was forced to redesign its controllers and stop importing its TurnoFire 2 Xbox 360 Wireless product. Microsoft withdrew this infringement case but continued to badger Datel for cash.

Microsoft spokesperson Kevin Kutz confirmed the settlement and said that everything was now hunky dory [is that a legal term? Ed].

He told Bloomberg the terms of the agreement between Microsoft and Datel were “to the satisfaction of both parties”.