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Sony, Blizzard and Turbine sued over patent

Sony, Blizzard and Turbine sued over patent

Tubrine, Blizzard, Jagex and Sony are all being sued over a patent held by Paltalk Holdings Inc.

Turbine, the developer behind Dungeons & Dragons Online, has become embroiled in a whole new legal snafu in addition to suing (and being sued by) Atari over problems with the aforementioned game. The developer is now also being sued for patent infringement.

Turbine isn't the only defendant in the case either; Blizzard, Sony, NCSoft and Jagex are all being targeted in a case filed by Paltalk Holdings Inc.

The patent in question is a typically ambiguous one too, covering the basics of how multiple players in diffferent locations can still see the same events in real-time, according to The Boston Globe.

Paltalk apparently bought the patents in 2002 and has previously reached a successful settlement with Microsoft, who were alleged to have infringed the patent in Halo. The fact that Microsoft came to a settlement back in March will potentially make it a lot harder for the defendants to dispute the case.

While Turbine is being targeted over D&D Online, Sony is being sued over EverQuest, Blizzard for World of Warcraft, NCSoft for Guild of Heroes and Jagex for Runescape.

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RichCreedy 17th September 2009, 13:09 Quote
i really hate these so called patent infringements, i think its about time the courts, just threw them out, it's clearly just a money making exercise

i dont think software should be covered under patents, all it does is cause problems for other developers, who could use code they think is their own, but actually someone else used first.

generic patents should be banned( ie, i think you could make something like this, but i wont actually make it, i'll wait for someone to make it then sue them)
matee 17th September 2009, 13:15 Quote
What I can't understand is how come someone granted such patent. At the time where were already number of games using this "feature" e.g. Diablo.
scawp 17th September 2009, 13:16 Quote
Software patents suck ass, I just hope they never get introduced in Europe....or I'm out of a job :-p
proxess 17th September 2009, 13:20 Quote
Guild of Heroes? Do you mean City of Heroes or Guild Wars? It's difficult when you're thinking of both isn't it? Hehe.

Another Patent Crazy Idiot.
TreeDude 17th September 2009, 13:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by matee
What I can't understand is how come someone granted such patent. At the time where were already number of games using this "feature" e.g. Diablo.

I happens a lot unfortunately. The US patent system is horrible.
pizan 17th September 2009, 14:06 Quote
Can I patent broad Patenting then trolling them?
cjoyce1980 17th September 2009, 14:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by scawp
Software patents suck ass, I just hope they never get introduced in Europe....or I'm out of a job :-p

they do, its called Intellectual property rights..... so collect your P45 now! :)
Thacrudd 17th September 2009, 14:42 Quote
ridiculous. That's so vague it's like trying to patent BREATHING
Techno-Dann 17th September 2009, 16:16 Quote
We need to re-write patent law so it goes back to what it was before: a protection for development time. Set it up so sure, you can patent something, but if you aren't making real progress towards a marketable product within a year or so, it goes public domain.
Molajoku 17th September 2009, 18:11 Quote
quote: We need to re-write patent law so it goes back to what it was before: a protection for development time. Set it up so sure, you can patent something, but if you aren't making real progress towards a marketable product within a year or so, it goes public domain.

+1
Javerh 17th September 2009, 19:19 Quote
You can patent almost anything. That doesn't mean those patents will hold in court, though.
FeRaL 17th September 2009, 19:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by matee
What I can't understand is how come someone granted such patent. At the time where were already number of games using this "feature" e.g. Diablo.
Yah,
Asheron's Call
All the Mechwarrior games
pretty much every FPS done prior to 2002...
Dreaming 17th September 2009, 22:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Techno-Dann
We need to re-write patent law so it goes back to what it was before: a protection for development time. Set it up so sure, you can patent something, but if you aren't making real progress towards a marketable product within a year or so, it goes public domain.

+2
ThunderBob 18th September 2009, 03:18 Quote
Errr didnt Everquest come out BEFORE 2002 when they got the patent?

Surely you cant sue someone that created the product BEFORE you did your patent......

Hmmmm. Going to head to the patent office to patent a four wheeled motorized transport vehicle!! Watch out Ford, Ferrari, Porsche etc lol
Blademrk 18th September 2009, 10:40 Quote
I want to patent a system to sue people who patent things just to sue other people (yo dawg, we heard you like to patent things to sue people so we stuck a patent in your patent...etc..) just to get rid of all these stupid law suits :(
Bursar 18th September 2009, 11:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThunderBob
Errr didnt Everquest come out BEFORE 2002 when they got the patent?

Surely you cant sue someone that created the product BEFORE you did your patent......

Hmmmm. Going to head to the patent office to patent a four wheeled motorized transport vehicle!! Watch out Ford, Ferrari, Porsche etc lol
They bought the patents in 2002. The article doesn't say when they were applied for, nor when they were granted.
LordPyrinc 19th September 2009, 00:43 Quote
I read the other linked article about where these suits are typically being judged, Marshall, Texas. Maybe those judges in that city need to be removed from the bench since they seem to be patent troll friendly. It is at least insinuated by the article that Marshall is the place to go if you want to win as a plaintiff in a patent lawsuit. Makes one wonder if there might be some sort of corruption going on in this relatively small area in Texas if the judges seem to typically side with the plaintiff's in these frivolous cases.
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