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The development team behind the critically acclaimed Fetal Development chartered by Sony and Warner Bros., a chartered development company founded by former developers of games like Final Fantasy VII and BioShock, is being sued for allegedly misappropriating its technology.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in California.
Rita Foschini, an associate director at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is accused of misappropriation of its technology, breach of contract and other violations, according to the complaint.
The complaint claims that Foscolo’s company, Fusion, “used Fusion’s technology to develop a chartering product for the Sony Entertainment Group that was not registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” according to court documents.
The suit alleges that Fusion’s “primary business activity was the development of the chartering software used to register the Sony PlayStation® console as a trademark.”
It further alleges that “Fusion’s primary business activity is the development and sale of game development software for the PlayStation® platform.”
Foscolo, who has worked at Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment since 2007, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington View.
Foschini’s company Fusion, which was incorporated in December 2016, is registered in Delaware.
The company’s website lists Foschias name as the director of the company, along with an “attorney” as a “person.”
In a press release on its website, Fusion stated that “We are proud to be working with Sony and WB and wish to thank them for their trust and support over the years.”
Fusion is not the only one with ties to the chartered company.
In August, Sony launched a new game-developing division, known as Fusion Game Studio.
The announcement followed the launch of the first game in the new division, “Fantasia,” a game based on the Disney movie franchise that was released in August.
In the press release announcing the Fusion Game Studios, Sony said that the studio “will create a new type of game that is specifically designed for the digital generation, where players will be able to take control of their characters and create their own adventures in an open world.”
In an interview with The Associated Press in May, Fusion Game Director Daniela Zuber said that Fusion has been in business for two years, and that the company has a “long history” with the PlayStation brand.