A federal judge has dismissed a claim by Gibson Guitar Corp. that controllers for the hit video game "Guitar Hero" violated a patent held by the famed guitar manufacturer.

Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer ruled on Monday that Gibson's patent did not cover interactive video games.

"Guitar Hero," in which gamers play along to popular songs using controllers shaped like a guitar, has become a billion-dollar franchise for Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. Gibson, based in Nashville, Tenn., claimed that Activision, among others, violated a 1999 technology patent for a mixer, headset and playback device that simulate a musical performance.

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