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Minecraft Creator Being Sued by Patent Troll

#1  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 23, 2012 10:50 pm

boingboing wrote:Famous patent troll Uniloc is suing the creators of popular indie title Minecraft (PDF), which it claims infringes a patent it holds on copy protection software.

But it might need to improve its own game, as the filing misspells its target as "Mindcraft", and developer Markus "Notch" Persson has already vowed not to give in.

"Step 1: Wake up. Step 2: Check email. Step 3: See we're being sued for patent infringement. Step 4: Smile," Notch wrote at Twitter. "Unfortunately for them, they're suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent."

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As patent trolls usually rely on small upstarts without the financial means to defend litigation, I think they may have picked a bad target. Not to mention all the attention they will be bringing to the cancer that is software patent trolling. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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Re: Minecraft Creator Being Sued by Patent Troll

#2  Postby Tortured_Genius » Jul 23, 2012 10:57 pm

They'll very quietly disappear.

The very last thing any of these IP trolls (we get them "speculatively charging" for "illegal movie downloads" here) is to have to justify thier claims in court where they'll get shot down in milliseconds.

(Come to think of it i seem to remember the worst of the UK ones being dragged into court, struck off the register of solicitors and bankrupted).
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#3  Postby LucidFlight » Jul 23, 2012 10:58 pm

Mindcraft [sic]. *chortle*
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#4  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 23, 2012 11:10 pm

LucidFlight wrote:Mindcraft [sic]. *chortle*


LOL yeah. That doesn't lend credence to their legitimacy.
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#5  Postby Warren Dew » Jul 23, 2012 11:18 pm

The real cancer is software patents in the first place.
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#6  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 23, 2012 11:24 pm

Warren Dew wrote:The real cancer is software patents in the first place.


Agreed. It hinders rather than helps innovation.
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#7  Postby Loren Michael » Jul 24, 2012 9:57 am

I hope they're countersued into a fine ash.
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#8  Postby Mazille » Jul 24, 2012 10:03 am

That dude also sued EA and several other big players in the same go. Talk about taking more than you can chew.
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#9  Postby Matt_B » Jul 24, 2012 11:07 am

Mazille wrote:That dude also sued EA and several other big players in the same go. Talk about taking more than you can chew.


Yes, I seem to recall that EA recently destroyed a notable trademark troll in court so their lawyers will be positively relishing the chance to take this guy on.
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#10  Postby ronmcd » Jul 24, 2012 11:55 am

The problem is this company have sued Microsoft ... and won. Thats why they now sue anyone they think has lots of cash, it's not about going for small companies. It's the law thats the problem, and one has to suspect they might win this one too based on whats happened before.

Uniloc has sued 73 companies over violating its patent. 25 of those companies have settled according to Uniloc. [7]

Uniloc sued Microsoft in 2003 for violating its patent relating to technology designed to deter software piracy. In 2006, US District Judge William Smith ruled in favour of Microsoft, but an appeals court overturned his decision, saying there was a "genuine issue of material fact" and that he should not have ruled on the case without hearing from a jury.[8] On April 8, 2009 a Rhode Island jury found Microsoft had violated the patent and told Microsoft to pay Uniloc $388 million in damages.[9] After this success, Uniloc filed new patent infringement suits against Sony America, McAfee, Activision, Quark, Borland Software and Aspyr Media.[10]

The decision against Microsoft was subsequently overturned on September 29, 2009 when Judge Smith "vacated" the jury's verdict and ruled in favour of Microsoft again, saying the jury "lacked a grasp of the issues before it and reached a finding without a legally sufficient basis".[11] Uniloc appealed the judge's decision, alleging bias and in 2011 the guilty verdict was reinstated against Microsoft. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said that instead of using the usual "25 per cent rule", the damage awards for infringement would need to be recalculated.[12]
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#11  Postby Sovereign » Jul 26, 2012 5:06 am

This shit really needs to stop. The tech sector is going to come to an innovation stop after awhile because nobody will design anything new under fear of being sued.
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#12  Postby willhud9 » Aug 03, 2012 6:05 am

I created a software program called Meinkraft. It is designed as a personal fitness builder for the people who like to exercise. You create a world, and you cannot progress in it unless you accomplish mile markers, such as bench pressing cobblestone blocks. There are also nocturnal creepy crawlies in the shape of choresteral which will attempt to attack you and give you a heart attack (by stealing one of your heart points) if you do not properly keep a steady work out habit and diet. Psh. Minecraft stole my idea. Suing.
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#13  Postby Matt_B » Aug 03, 2012 6:58 am

willhud9 wrote:I created a software program called Meinkraft. It is designed as a personal fitness builder for the people who like to exercise. You create a world, and you cannot progress in it unless you accomplish mile markers, such as bench pressing cobblestone blocks. There are also nocturnal creepy crawlies in the shape of choresteral which will attempt to attack you and give you a heart attack (by stealing one of your heart points) if you do not properly keep a steady work out habit and diet. Psh. Minecraft stole my idea. Suing.


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#14  Postby Jumbo » Aug 03, 2012 8:28 am

willhud9 wrote:I created a software program called Meinkraft. It is designed as a personal fitness builder for the people who like to exercise. You create a world, and you cannot progress in it unless you accomplish mile markers, such as bench pressing cobblestone blocks. There are also nocturnal creepy crawlies in the shape of choresteral which will attempt to attack you and give you a heart attack (by stealing one of your heart points) if you do not properly keep a steady work out habit and diet. Psh. Minecraft stole my idea. Suing.

Crazily if Minecraft is a trademark you could sue them and they would be obliged to defend their trademark or they lose it to you. It has been the case before that a big company has knowingly infringed a trademark knowing the smaller company doesn't have the money to fight it in the courts.
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#15  Postby Wuffy » Aug 07, 2012 9:08 am

That's madness
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