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News Sony, Blizzard and Turbine sued over patent

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 17 Sep 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    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)
     
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  3. matee

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    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.
     
  4. scawp

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    Software patents suck ass, I just hope they never get introduced in Europe....or I'm out of a job :p
     
  5. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. TreeDude

    TreeDude New Member

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    I happens a lot unfortunately. The US patent system is horrible.
     
  7. pizan

    pizan that's n00b-tastic

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    Can I patent broad Patenting then trolling them?
     
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    cjoyce1980 New Member

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    they do, its called Intellectual property rights..... so collect your P45 now! :)
     
  9. Thacrudd

    Thacrudd Where's the any key?!?

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    ridiculous. That's so vague it's like trying to patent BREATHING
     
  10. Techno-Dann

    Techno-Dann Disgruntled kumquat

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    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.
     
  11. Molajoku

    Molajoku New Member

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    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
     
  12. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    You can patent almost anything. That doesn't mean those patents will hold in court, though.
     
  13. FeRaL

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    Yah,
    Asheron's Call
    All the Mechwarrior games
    pretty much every FPS done prior to 2002...
     
  14. Dreaming

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    +2
     
  15. ThunderBob

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    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
     
  16. Blademrk

    Blademrk Why so serious?

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    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 :wallbash:
     
  17. Bursar

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    They bought the patents in 2002. The article doesn't say when they were applied for, nor when they were granted.
     
  18. LordPyrinc

    LordPyrinc Legomaniac

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    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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