Interaction in a virtual environment is patent infringement

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Interaction in a virtual environment is patent infringement

Postby [FnG] LcNessie » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:22 am

WHAT THE BLEEPING BLEEP?!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/29 ... by_worlds/

All MMOs are actually infringing on a patent that was filed in 1999, approved in 2004, but abundant prior art from as early as 1998 is clearly available...

And only now, two days before 2009, they decide to pull this patent out of their arse and slap the developer of my favorite MMPORPG, Guild Wars around with it! Well, I DON'T THINK SO!!! :shoot:

REALLY! :gripe:
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Re: Interaction in a virtual environment is patent infringement.

Postby [FnG] Sphinx » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:10 am

:?:

Sounds like sour grapes to me - they had an idea and want to cash in from those that could actually make something, which clearly they could not.

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Re: Interaction in a virtual environment is patent infringement

Postby [FnG] RampantBunny » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:59 pm

This patent is so incredibly broad it is like patenting "breathing". It doesnt just cover MMO, but any online 1st person shooter, any 3d chat client (imvu, secondlife), online strategy games etc etc.

Interesting to see why they only went after NCsoft and not any other company in the world who does something similar (MS, blizzard to name just a few).

Interesting point though is that the patent mentions HTML. Im not sure if GW is coded in HTML ;), also reading the article and the provided diagram, they are describing a chat client, providing that lil diagram would potentially hurt them.

I cant imagine this would ever develop into a real court case, but you never know for sure of course ;). I suspect this is another example of a no cure no pay bunch of lawyers, trying to scare people into parting with some cash...it makes me really sick TBH and glad its actually not allowed in holland (here you can however agree different fees for succes/failure, like a bonus scheme)

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Re: Interaction in a virtual environment is patent infringement

Postby [FnG] Lambik » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:27 pm

There has been a petition against these sort of patents,
which decrease the speed of development drasticly. :(
It should serve to protect inventors with smart ideas,
but basicly it's a tool for the rich to 'steel' other ppls hard work legaly. :skull:
Big company's like MS, Philips, Shell, etc, register ideas of employees who (mostly)don't get any thing else but their regular payment,
while the company is able to use the patent as 'trade' patents.(plain said "you may use my stuff if I may use your stuff").

It stinks anyway if you ask me, but then again who's asking me :P
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Re: Interaction in a virtual environment is patent infringement

Postby [FnG] pyxie.T32 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:40 pm

Nonsense. utter nonsense. I refuse to accept that this will go to court, that patent is just silly.
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