The trial date for the final courtroom shoot-‘em-up between Sony and Connectix has been set for next March.

In his decision, Judge Legge dismissed seven of Sony’s complaints against Connectix, but two remain to be heard by jury when the case reaches trial. Connectix stands accused of misappropriating trade secrets and unfair competition.

Legal history The companies have been duelling over the fate of Connectix’s Virtual Game Station (VGS), the Sony PlayStation emulator. The lawsuit between Sony and Connectix started January, 1999, when VGS was announced at Macworld Expo, San Francisco. VGS lets users play PlayStation games on a Mac.

Sony gained an injunction against Connectix, which was later lifted. Sony then filed a series of revised complaints. VGS has now spawned versions for different countries, and a PC variant has also been released.