Linked by Alfman on Thu 26th Jul 2012 20:20 UTC
Legal "Mojang is one of ten companies, including Electronic Arts, GameLoft and Square Enix, that have been named in the lawsuit. The patent that Uniloc claims Mojang and others are using without permission describes a way to check that a person wanting to play a game has the right to do so. If not, that person is locked out of the game. In its court papers, Uniloc says the version of Minecraft for Android mobile phones violates its patented technology. Throughout the court papers, Uniloc misspells the name of the hugely popular game as 'Mindcraft'." Markus Persson, known as Notch, has this to say: "Software patents are plain evil. Innovation within software is basically free, and it's growing incredibly rapid. Patents only slow it down." Notch added that he will throw piles of money at this case to make sure the trolls don't get a cent.
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prior art
by TechGeek on Thu 26th Jul 2012 21:16 UTC
TechGeek
Member since:
2006-01-14

He should ask Groklaw for help. There should be prior art out there that they can use in court. That or he should just stop selling to US residents.

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RE: prior art
by bassbeast on Sun 29th Jul 2012 01:35 in reply to "prior art"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

The problem is the opportunity costs. For the next 2 or 3 years this guy is not gonna be doing nothing but dealing with his lawyers and the courts.

And the worst part? Even if he wins not only will he be out the money, because even if he wins and gets his lawyer's fees they can simply close up shop and reopen tomorrow under a new name and start up again** but any other troll can come along and do it all over again with different patents.

(**I've seen this kind of operation with the natural gas wildcatters in my home state, they "lease" everything from a shell corp so if the business gets in trouble? Simply close shop, open a new business and "lease' everything again. that way there isn't even any assets to grab)

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