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Posted: Jan 5th 2011 7:09PM Zemshin said

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and?

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 7:20PM mmogaddict said

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This seems to be a fishing expedition designed around trying to drain the various targeted companies of money/resources by having to go through a rather long and tedious discovery process. It could also be argued that this is an attempt to simply extort money from said companies by getting them to fork over money rather than go through the aforementioned long, tedious and expensive discovery process.

I estimate that both companies would have to spend $5+ ~ $10+ million each just during the discovery process.

The discovery costs of Walker digital during this process will be minor.

There is also the possibility that during discovery some information gets given to Walker that would possibly give them a commercial advantage. Discovery is complex, sometimes not everything that needs to be redacted gets redacted.

Anyway first step in this little dance in Forum shopping, there is no way this will remain in a District court of Delware longer than the 30 days it takes to move it.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 7:50PM Sleaker said

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Seriously I think the US Patent Office needs to think before they just slap an OK on random tech related things. Seriously if it can be replicated in the real world, with physical paper, you should NOT be able to patent it just because someone used a computer to do it. 'Database Driven Tournament System' seriously this could be a freaking Scoreboard for a basketball tournament. Lets see, I have a bunch of players and they are on teams I need to record the information and keep live statistics for them..

This is the kind of dumb stuff that needs to stop. I don't understand why Judge's can't just throw this stuff out. people are obviously just in it for the money, not because they are trying to protect some intellectual property.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 9:25PM Xocolatl said

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@Sleaker
Indeed. The patent office should be sued for this.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2011 10:52AM Res said

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@Sleaker Judges CAN throw this kind of stuff out, and they routinely do. This hasn't even gotten to court yet, so we don't know if they will or not. In the US you can sue for anything you want. The suit has to get to a point where someone can decide if it has any merit or not however, before it can be thrown out.
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Posted: Jan 5th 2011 7:51PM madcartoonist said

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I thought most of the video game industry revolved around copying from each other.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 9:25PM Greyhame said

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Eh, this is one of those "So someone is suing someone else for an idea that shouldn't have been patented in the first place." Software and telecommunications are full of things like this.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 9:52PM PrimeSynergy said

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This is literally like the 50th time in the past few years that a 'big' gaming company has been sued by some company that has nothing to do with games at all.

These things wouldn't get on my nerves if it weren't for the fact that these lawsuits are filed YEARS after said video game companies rake in the money with whatever patent they 'broke'.

How else am I supposed to take it except for "oh hey they're making money off an idea we kind of not really thought up! Let's sue!"

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 9:21AM jh3141 said

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@Tempes Magus

While it's not entirely what you're talking about, the equitable principle of laches (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laches_%28equity%29 for details) prevents a rights holder just waiting indefinitely before filing a claim. There's no specified time limit, simply anything the court feels to be unreasonable. This probably works better than a specified limit, as it allows the court to apply it only in cases where it is relevant and ignore it in cases where applying it is not equitable.
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Posted: Jan 5th 2011 10:46PM Tizmah said

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Also, IBM just recently patented "the patenting process". Seriously, look it up. Software patenting is silly.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 11:21PM Lateris said

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Seriously, they are out of their league with Blizzard.

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 12:01AM ChromeBallz said

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Friend of mine brought this up:

The patent office used to require a working prototype for you to be able to register a patent.

When did this change, and what possible reason could there be to not change back to this principle?

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 7:44PM Brianna Royce said

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@ChromeBallz How about, poor inventors would never be able to patent their ideas, because they'd not be able to afford to build anything expensive all on their own. They'd either be forced to not patent anything (meaning they'd never get credit or payment) or work through a company willing to invest in the idea (thus turning over those ideas to the company anyway). It's the idea, not the thing, that matters here.
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Posted: Jan 6th 2011 7:53PM ChromeBallz said

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@Brianna Royce It's also the single biggest loophole to abuse, as evidenced not just by this but in a lot of lawsuits over the past 20 or 30 years. Patent something vague and profit from it a couple years later after someone else actually does the work.

Thing about patents is, of what use is your invention if you don't allow anyone to use it? Is this really about protecting 'the innocent and weak' or is it about making them filthy rich without them actually doing something for it?

I do get the problem on the other side though, but i think i'd rather choose the lesser of two evils here. I'm planning on starting my own company at some point and i don't want to find out 10 years down the road that some smartass patented an idea that i personally developed and put into production, and then have him ruin me just so he can sit on the patent and sue more people over it.

Someone who invents something but needs financing to get it made can simply enter in a personal contract with the firm helping him, so he gets his prototype plus royalties and the company makes a profit on it aswell.
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Posted: Jan 6th 2011 1:02AM real65rcncom said

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This guy sued Facebook AND Blizzard?

Sounds like he's just trying to hit the lottery.

I suggest he doesn't quit his day job if he's counting on income from Blizzard.

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 2:01AM alinos said

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the issue is that in tech someone patents somethign for a completely unrelated purpose then something else could be construed as infringing, since it seems you don't have to have the general idea there to infringe on it

kinda like MS having the rights to playing music over a video game, I'm sorry but im pretty sure me and a million of other people have been playing music over a video game for years.

but apparently now writing a program that could play music over any other application is illegals :P

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 4:34AM Psychotic Storm said

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Ah the American dream in its full realisation, find somebody wealthier than you and sue them.

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 5:47AM beqerel said

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F U Blizzard

Posted: Jan 6th 2011 8:44AM Lateris said

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@beqerel KUNG FU U~!!!!!
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Posted: Jan 6th 2011 9:31AM dudes said

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"You make money I'm going to steal it" said the patent vulture.

Software based patents should be scrapped completely, they are a boil on the derriere of humanity and a hindrance to creativity and innovation. Not a mention actually punishing people for being successful for doing all the hard work.

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