Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over Copy Protection

August 3, 2010 -

Uniloc, which specializes in computer security and copy protection initiatives, has filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. of America, Activision Blizzard, Aspy Media—and a handful of other software companies—alleging that the defendants infringed on a Uniloc patent which centers on a system for registering software.

The Orange County Business Journal pointed us towards the lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, on July 29. Additional defendants include Borland Software corp., McAfee, Inc. and Quark, Inc.

At issue is Uniloc’s U.S. Patent # 5,490,216 (Exhibit A PDF), entitled “System for Software Registration.” Uiloc alleges that the defendants “directly and/or indirectly infringed at least one claim of the ‘216 patent” by “among other things, making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing a system, device and/or method for reducing software piracy, reducing casual copying and/or reducing the unauthorized use of software, including without limitation.”

Uniloc claims that each infringement has “caused reparable and irreparable damage to Uniloc and Uniloc will continue to suffer damage for which remedies at law are inadequate unless each defendant is enjoined.”

Uniloc had filed a similar lawsuit in 2003 against Microsoft Corporation, winning a $388 million judgment in 2009. That win was short-lived however, as a judge overturned that verdict later in the year, ruling that Microsoft did not infringe on Uniloc’s patent.

Grab a copy of the complaint here (PDF).


Thanks Dan!


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Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

Just another reason why DRM is evil.

Just another reason why software patents are doing more harm than good.

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

A patent troll sueing over DRM... I can't say I have much sympathy for either side.

 

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

I was going to write the same.

 

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Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

Another patent troll comes crawling out of there bridge! 

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Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

Patent for obvious and generic implementation?  Check.

Filed in the infamous Eastern District of Texas, the official choice of patent trolls everywhere?  Check.

We've got another patent troll on our hands everybody!

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

 I think any patent reform should involve retroactivly jailing any 'company' that filed suit in that particular district for abuse of the legal system, harrassment, and extortion.

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

You can't retroactively punish people for infringing on laws that didn't exist at the time.

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

How do you jail a company?

Hell, how do you jail someone retroactively?

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

I put 'company' in quotes since often these shells are acting as proxies for one or two lawyers.

I say retroactivly since it would probably require new rules and generally you can only jail people who break laws after they are changes.   That one I probaby could have made clearer but I was in a hurry ^_^;

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

Soooo you are suggesting we amend the US Constitution to allow ex post facto laws and imprison people for doing things that were legal when they did them?

Re: Uniloc Sues Sony, Activision Blizzard and Aspyr Over ...

... So, that sounds like one of those patents of stating the obvious thing to do in a way that about every approach to tackle the issue will violate the patent.

Bloody legalese.

 
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