Uniloc Sues Electronic Arts Over Patent Infringement Claims

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bensen408

PATENT TROLLS ARE TOILET SCUM. Can I say that without being edited?

Here is my patent! Any system of breathing, moving, generating an electromagnetic field, excreting waste, or reproducing.

Guess I own everyone everywhere. Absurd but now you all have to pay me just for existing. Oops! Let's add that too.

Any method of existing, living, or dying...

Stupid.

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Peanut Fox

Ironic that all these companies are upset over a patent violation that's designed to protect their patents.

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froggz

Uniloc CEO, sitting on the couch playing Minecraft. "Man I got the munchies, I can go for some hot pockets, right now."
strolls over to the fridge, "Damn I'm out of hot pockets", digs into his pockets, "DAMN, I'm out of cash". Thinks to himself, "man, it's Friday, I ain't got no money, I ain't got no job. What to do for some quick cash?" Looks slowly at the tv, then looks slowly at the imaginary camera..."aahhh yeeeah" (smiling).

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John Pombrio

Whew. I thought they were trying to uphold the patent on the ON/OFF SWITCH on devices which would certainly prevent unauthorized access.

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aarcane

As much as I hate patent trolls, I would LOVE to see this misuse of patent law succeed. If only because it would turn the tables. Now big business is getting attacked by the little man, instead of the other way around. It'll get more money thrown into patent law reform, and hopefully result in more amenable patent laws going forward. Furthermore, as some have suggested (unlikely though it may be) I would love to see the ultimate downfall of this DRM folly. The music industry gave up on DRM a while ago, and has been thriving ever since. I can hardly wait until movie and vidja game industries catch up.

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sundropdrinker3

What "little man"? It's a company that bought a patent and is now using it to sue and try and get money. There are actually companies whose only reason for existing is to buy patents and sue companies, trying to settle out of court. It's a horrible business.

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Benjo

maybe DRM will be dropped from games after this? :)

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Valor958

No, it won't. If anything, it'll get worse as companies seek new methods to lock down their IP for 'registered' users only. Imagine DRM that works only by verifying ownership based on matching the account registered with the credit card used to purchase it... REAL identity verification. It would extremely damage the gift giving market, but still allow it functional enough to give reasons why it's ok.
Plus, picking EA and Notch, among others, as enemies was a horrible idea. Even Notch basically said he's just going to throw loads of money at the situation to make it go away. That means between all these people on the defensive... a dozen or so IP and Patent lawyers just got new houses, cars, and their kids put through college.... twice over.

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memo1288

I see Mojang in that list, that means Minecraft. But yeah, Uniloc is basically trying to say that it owns DRM, and is trying to sue anybody who uses it.

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silverblack

It does but they spelled it Mindcraft.

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Valor958

Though I can understand some saying EA needs taken down a notch, that would set a horrible precedent for obvious patent trolls. The description of the patent provided, if I'm reading it correctly, basically patents the general definition of DRM. IF they win and that is accepted as a viable and enforceable patent, which shouldn't have been granted in the first place, it will lead to them being able to sue every game dev... or anyone who uses a similarly functioning DRM.
It sounds like its referring to a license verification process using an outside control medium. To me, this would fall under a standard of process for digital rights verification between a licensee (the buyer/user) and the content owner. This has been around since licensed software has been around in one form or another. Before internet verification, programs were key locked so that only your software key would allow access. Then came internet activation, and phone in activation (for those who remember the Win95 and older phase) which is at least MY first interaction with verifying authorization to use software with an outside party. Microsoft, and just about anyone with licensed software, would be in immediate infringement if the broad language used above is accepted.
This is just another fine example of the Patent Office not doing their job and reviewing the information sent to them. They have a tough job, and don't understand a lot of the technical jargon... tough nuts, it's your job... DO IT RIGHT. No sympathy from me. Hire outside experts in specific fields who sign a NDA for everything they review. Though leaks will happen, they'll be legally enforceable and easily traceable.
Nonsense... the lot of it.

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Incognito

Agreed. As much as I can't stand EA or DRM this patent is absurd and should never have been granted in the first place. People who are saying they hope EA loses to this patent troll need to look at the bigger picture here.

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Bean Bandit

I hope they win against EA. EA needs to be taking down a notch or two.

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bubinasuit

Funny, because they're also suing mojang.

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