SEGA is slapping Professor Layton developer Level-5 with a lawsuit and demanding quite a bit in compensation, but Level-5's not about to give up without a fight. Rather, the studio says they're "uncomfortable" with the lawsuit, and plan to take SEGA to court over the matter. They've released an official statement that mostly discounts SEGA's claims and calls the company out on their shenanigans.
The whole issue is over some alleged patent infringements, specifically over Level-5's successful soccer RPG series Inazuma Eleven. SEGA wasn't particularly forthcoming when it came down to how patents were violated, but it has something to do with the game's touch controls. Well, Level-5 disagrees, and they've made a pretty compelling argument in pointing out exactly why SEGA is completely in the wrong here.
In their statement (in Japanese), the developer states, "Inazuma Eleven does not violate SEGA's patents."
The studio points out that the first Inazuma Eleven title was released back in August 2008, while SEGA supposedly received their first patent in 2009. The second patent followed two years after in 2011, and Level-5 was sure to point out games were using touch pen controls well before SEGA filed for these patents.
"As a result of examining these discrepancies, we've concluded that there is no patent violation," they said.
"While Inazuma Eleven does not violate Sega's patent, we do recognize that Sega's lawsuit could restrict choices in gaming from here on out as well as hindering the growth of the game industry."