Acceleration Bay Claims 'Call of Duty' and 'World of Warcraft' Violate Six Patents

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Acceleration Bay LLC has sued Activision Blizzard Inc. claiming that two of the company's biggest franchises violate six of the patents it holds (Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-00228-UNA). We do not have access to the filings or exhibits as of this writing. Acceleration Bay appears to a patent holding company and does not produce any products or services with these patents, according to what we found on its web site. Activision Blizzard has not issued a public statement about the case.

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Senate Panel Greenlights Former Google Exec As Director of the USPTO

February 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the appointment of former Google patent chief Michelle Lee to the position of director at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She still needs the approval of the full Senate.

While previous directors have come from the tech sector (David Kappos was a top lawyer at IBM before taking the position), Lee is an interesting pick because of her strong and very public stance against patent trolls and her work at an Internet-focused company.

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EFF Releases White Paper On How To Fix The Broken Patent System

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation released a new white paper today offering proposals on how to fix the broken U.S. patent system. The first half of the white paper, "Defend Innovation," is based on "two-and-a-half years worth of research, drawing from the stories, expertise, and ideas of more than 16,500 people who agree that the current patent system is broken," according to the EFF.

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EFF's 'Stupid Patent of the Month' Is Game-Related

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has named U.S. Patent 8,529,350 January’s "Stupid Patent of the Month." You may recall our story from earlier this month in which White Knuckle (the patent holder) sued Electronic Arts over the patent which relates to "remotely updating a sports video game based on real-world events." The company says that several of EA's sports titles including Tiger Woods PGA Tour and its NCAA titles infringe on the patent.

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EFF Challenges Personal Audio's 'Podcasting Patent Claims' Before the USPTO This Week

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Wednesday that it should invalidate the key claims of patents used by Personal Audio to sue podcasters. You may know Personal Audio best for its fight with comedian Adam Carolla, who the company messed with and then quietly settled out of court.

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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New Data Shows Patent Lawsuits Down in Third Quarter of 2014

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report published today by Unified Patents shows a decline in patent lawsuits following this summer's US Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. While it is hard to pin the decline directly on the decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, the evidence shows an anecdotal connection to it in the third quarter of 2014.

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Apple Triumphs Over GPNE Corp. in $94 Million Patent Infringement Lawsuit

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A San Jose, California jury ruled that Apple's products do not infringe two patents owned by GPNE Corp., a patent-holding company that has licensed its patents to more than 20 other large firms. According Ars Technica, the jury ruled that two patents, numbered 7,570,954 and 7,792,492, were valid but Apple didn't violate them.

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Multiplayer Network Innovations Files 26 Patent Infringement Lawsuits Between August and October

October 16, 2014 - James Fudge

Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC has added Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd., Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Tencent America to its growing list of court room combatants in multiple lawsuits claiming that these companies violate an abstract patent for "Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing a Game Between at Least Two Players," or "MNI."

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California Court Dismisses McRO Patent Claims Against Activision, Others

September 26, 2014 - James Fudge

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has invalidated the patent claims of McRO, Inc. (d.b.a. Planet Blue) against Activision and other parties in the video games industry. The two patents invalidated by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu concerned processes for "automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters."

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'Alice v. CLS' Supreme Court Ruling Strikes Again

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another day, another patent case tossed out on its ear thanks to the Supreme Court ruling on Alice v. CLS. This time out it's Lumen View Technology, who had its case against Santa Barbara-based startup FindTheBest thrown out. At first the company approached FindTheBest asking it to pay a settlement of $50,000 for a "do it on a computer" patent related to data matchmaking.

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SCOTUS Decision in 'Alice v. CLS Bank' Having Profound Effect on Computer-Related Patents

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank is having a profound effect on computer-related patent fights; the federal courts have already invalidated 11 "do-it-on-a-computer" related patents since that ruling, according to this Ars Technica report.

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Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringement

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom is suing fellow Japanese developer and publisher Koei Tecmo for allegedly infringing on a number of its patents, according to a Sankei report translated by Siliconera. The patents relate to letting players in a new game import or unlock content from an older title and the use of a controller vibration to alert players of nearby enemies.

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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop All Patent Lawsuits Outside the U.S.

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a joint announcement Apple and Samsung have agreed to halt all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two companies have been suing each other around the world over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the U.S., including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Germany, etc. In the joint statement the companies said that the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements," and that they would continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts.

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Samsung Uses Recent SCOTUS Decision in Long-Running Patent Fight With Apple

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gave a crushing blow to supposed patent trolls with last month's ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, Samsung is trying to use that same ruling to knock out two claims by Apple in its long running feud over mobile device patents. The Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank basically said that lower courts should be throwing out more cases that involve patents that are too abstract in nature to be legally valid.

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Report: Johnson Out as Pick to Head USPTO

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House has backed away from its pick to head the United States Patent and Trademark Office after very vocal opposition from the tech sector in the United States. Two weeks ago Philip Johnson, the top intellectual property lawyer at Johnson & Johnson, was set to be named the next director of the patent office, according to multiple reports.

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Apple's Motion to Stay Denied in App Store Patent Infringement Case

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal judge refused to stay patent-infringement claims by Smartflash regarding Apple's Store Kit Framework, which developers use to create apps.

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Report: White House Choosing Anti-Patent Reformer for USPTO Top Post

June 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The White House will tap a top pharmaceutical industry lawyer to be the next head of the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to Ars Technica. This is of particular interest because Philip Johnson, the head of intellectual property at Johnson & Johnson, is best known as a long-time opponent of reforming patent laws.

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Supreme Court Decision Questions the Validity of Some Computer and Software Patents

June 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While a new Supreme Court decision may cut down the number of valid software patents, experts generally agree that it will not eliminate them altogether. The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a patent related to a centuries-old financial concept was invalid because it was an abstract idea, even when the concept is implemented through a computer system.

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Nintendo Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Appeal

June 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal appeals court has dismissed a patent infringement claim against Nintendo's Wii Remote controller filed by Triton Tech in 2010. The lawsuit was first filed by Triton Tech in 2010, but was dismissed by a Seattle district court judge because the patent "did not adequately describe a complete invention." The judge rendered the patent invalid. But Triton decided to appeal the decision in the federal appeals court. The Appeals court upheld the lower court ruling on June 13.

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An Interesting Response to an 'Invitation to License Patents'

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The CEO of Life360, a startup that has created a family-and-friends location service with more than 33 million registered families and a freshly secured $50 million in new financing, has taken an interesting approach to a particular patent holder.

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Nintendo Wins Patent Lawsuit Against Wall Wireless

May 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has won a patent infringement lawsuit filed back in 2009 by Wall Wireless LLC concerning the DS and DSi handheld gaming systems. In February of 2009, Texas-based Wall Wireless LLC sued Nintendo claiming that its DS and DSi handhelds violated a patent it held related to wireless communication technology.

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Philips Seeks Wii U Sales Ban Over Alleged Wii U Patent Infringement

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronics manufacturer Philips claims that the Wii U infringes several of the company's patents and is seeking to have the system banned from being sold in the United States. Philips claims that Nintendo copied technologies that replicate a "user's real-life actions in-game" and that it uses a patent related to "user interfaces designed to be navigated by a pointing device" (such as a Wii Remote).

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Company Claims Nintendo Infringing on Patent With Wii U

April 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo is involved in another lawsuit with a familiar adversary, this time over a Wii U patent violation claim. Nintendo Co. Ltd, Nintendo of America and other companies are being accused of patent infringement by a company called Secure Axcess, LLC.

That company claims that its patent issued on February 18, 2003 for "a computer providing multiple display capability where one display presents the current document and another display may show a true display of a previously opened document," was infringed upon by Nintendo.

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CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Netflix, Verizon, and More

March 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Patent licensing company Marathon Patent Group's wholly-owned subsidiary CRFD Research Inc. has filed five separate patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against TV and movie streaming services Hulu Netflix and Amazon (we assume for Prime); music streaming service Spotify; and Verizon.

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EFF Urges SCOTUS to Clean Up Software Patent Law in Amicus Brief

March 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reign in overbroad patents and "clean up the mess that is software patent law" in an amicus filed last Thursday. The EFF's amicus brief was related to a case the court is set to hear: the long-running Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. The case is over a patented computer system that helps close financial transaction by avoiding settlement risk.

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IPCom's Patent Infringement Cases Against Apple, HTC Dismissed by German Court

February 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A German court has dismissed two cases - one against Apple and another filed against HTC - by patent-assertion entity IPCom. The court rejected the company's assertions in both cases that its 3G/UMTS cellular standard patent was violated. The company was asking the court to award it $2.2 billion in its case against Apple.

The decision comes on the heels of a letter sent to the EU signed by Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies deriding entities like IPCom, whose only business is to file lawsuits against other companies and extract settlements.

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White House Lays Out Ideas to Reform Patent System

February 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Obama Administration held a press conference today detailing how it wants to reform the U.S. patent system, with one key ingredient being crowd-sourcing. Michelle Lee, director of the Silicon Valley branch of the US Patent and Trademark Office, was one of the key speakers at a White House patent event today.

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International Trade Commission Sides With Nintendo in 3DS Patent Infringement Case

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today that it has prevailed in a patent infringement case at the International Trade Commission brought by Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC and Patriot Scientific Corporation. All three of the plaintiffs in the case are patent-licensing companies (companies who hold rights to patents, but do not actually use them to produce products or services). The commission sided with Nintendo, ruling that that the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi systems do not infringe the companies' patents.

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Cisco Jumps Into The Fray: Fights Rockstar Consortium Patent Lawsuits

February 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cisco Systems is taking on the role of a white knight in fighting a patent house jointly owned by some of the biggest names in tech including Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony. Cisco is fighting on behalf of its customers who have been sued by the company - Rockstar Consortium - for violating patents it purchased from Nortel.

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InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/payday-2-has-been-broken-on-xbox-one-for-three-weeks-1715384186 Payday 2 Has Been Broken On Xbox One For Three Weeks07/03/2015 - 8:44am
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3bxduw/why_was_riama_along_with_a_number_of_other_large/ here is a more complete acount of whats going on.07/03/2015 - 1:32am
Matthew Wilsonredit is on fire right now. most subreddits have been set to private.07/03/2015 - 1:24am
 

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