NCSoft sued, Worlds.com owns all MMOs

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  • s3rial ones3rial one Registered User
    edited January 2009
    Bigity wrote: »
    Oh I completely agree with what was said in the article. However, it's not the fault of East Texans. If not here, it would be in one of the thousands of other areas in the country where people are not as educated or interested in technology. Ranchers and farmers don't give a rat's ass about some idea of bullshit patents or nebulous (to them) concepts of code ownership or intellectual property rights.

    They just want the trial to end so they can go back to work.

    I think they should make the patent office partially responsible for times like this. If you think technology patents are bad, so some reading on stuff like genetics or biotechnology. Or hell, just go read Next by Crichton.

    I've get plenty of actual case law to read without having to resort to Crichton's quasi-legal melodrama. :P

    The issue with the Eastern District of Texas is that it's not replicated in other parts of the country. It's sort of the perfect storm of uneducated juries, xenophobia, and judges with experience handling patent cases. That doesn't exist anywhere else in the country right now.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2009
    So, assuming the purpose for this is to bowl over an easy target then gun for the big fish wouldn't it make sense for bigger MMO companies like Blizzard to financially back NCSoft's defence, provide 'independent' expert witnesses from their own stables etc.?

    At least having representatives from American companies also taking the witness box to say 'this is bullshit and will fuck us over as much as Korea' would help with the issue of the jury swinging in favour of US companies over foreign.

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  • MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I just took out a patent for sarcasm, hyperbole, and misguided angst. Most of the PA formers should be receiving court summons from my lawyer in the next few days.
    So, assuming the purpose for this is to bowl over an easy target then gun for the big fish wouldn't it make sense for bigger MMO companies like Blizzard to financially back NCSoft's defence, provide 'independent' expert witnesses from their own stables etc.?

    At least having representatives from American companies also taking the witness box to say 'this is bullshit and will fuck us over as much as Korea' would help with the issue of the jury swinging in favour of US companies over foreign.

    Would Blizz's fleet of lawyers aggro like a pack of Murlocs?

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  • citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I just took out a patent for sarcasm, hyperbole, and misguided angst. Most of the PA formers should be receiving court summons from my lawyer in the next few days.
    So, assuming the purpose for this is to bowl over an easy target then gun for the big fish wouldn't it make sense for bigger MMO companies like Blizzard to financially back NCSoft's defence, provide 'independent' expert witnesses from their own stables etc.?

    At least having representatives from American companies also taking the witness box to say 'this is bullshit and will fuck us over as much as Korea' would help with the issue of the jury swinging in favour of US companies over foreign.

    Would Blizz's fleet of lawyers aggro like a pack of Murlocs?

    Worlds.com Lawyer: "Your Honor, we would like to begin by-"

    Blizzard Lawyer: "mrr-LRRRGHHRHRHRRRLLLRRRGGHLLLLL!!!!! *chomp*"

    Worlds.com Lawyer: "GYAAAAAAA!!!!"

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Fuck there's 8 more coming from the hallway, what the fuck, FUCK.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    citizen059 wrote: »
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I just took out a patent for sarcasm, hyperbole, and misguided angst. Most of the PA formers should be receiving court summons from my lawyer in the next few days.
    So, assuming the purpose for this is to bowl over an easy target then gun for the big fish wouldn't it make sense for bigger MMO companies like Blizzard to financially back NCSoft's defence, provide 'independent' expert witnesses from their own stables etc.?

    At least having representatives from American companies also taking the witness box to say 'this is bullshit and will fuck us over as much as Korea' would help with the issue of the jury swinging in favour of US companies over foreign.

    Would Blizz's fleet of lawyers aggro like a pack of Murlocs?

    Worlds.com Lawyer: "Your Honor, we would like to begin by-"

    Blizzard Lawyer: "mrr-LRRRGHHRHRHRRRLLLRRRGGHLLLLL!!!!! *chomp*"

    Worlds.com Lawyer: "GYAAAAAAA!!!!"

    If I could draw I'd have to illustrate that in some sort of comic.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    If I ever have a dispute over some cattle I'll be sure to file it somewhere in NYC or Silicon Valley.

    Law be crazy, man!

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  • citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Tomanta wrote: »
    citizen059 wrote: »
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I just took out a patent for sarcasm, hyperbole, and misguided angst. Most of the PA formers should be receiving court summons from my lawyer in the next few days.
    So, assuming the purpose for this is to bowl over an easy target then gun for the big fish wouldn't it make sense for bigger MMO companies like Blizzard to financially back NCSoft's defence, provide 'independent' expert witnesses from their own stables etc.?

    At least having representatives from American companies also taking the witness box to say 'this is bullshit and will fuck us over as much as Korea' would help with the issue of the jury swinging in favour of US companies over foreign.

    Would Blizz's fleet of lawyers aggro like a pack of Murlocs?

    Worlds.com Lawyer: "Your Honor, we would like to begin by-"

    Blizzard Lawyer: "mrr-LRRRGHHRHRHRRRLLLRRRGGHLLLLL!!!!! *chomp*"

    Worlds.com Lawyer: "GYAAAAAAA!!!!"

    If I could draw I'd have to illustrate that in some sort of comic.

    Can you see it? It looks so beautiful in my mind.

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  • Babel_MatrixBabel_Matrix Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    bowen wrote: »
    Fuck there's 8 more coming from the hallway, what the fuck, FUCK.

    At least we still have chicken.

    But pertaining to preliminary injunctions, is the functional operation of a server, (i.e. one running the game world,) considered a viable target? It isn't neccesarily manufactured or updated, (at least not constantly, and can usually function without updates,) or is its overall status as a product enough to have the servers shut down by a P.I.?

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  • kedinikkedinik Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    urahonky wrote: »
    Monsty wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    Reminds me of the doubly linked list patent that was filed in like 2002 or something that was finally issued in 2006.

    http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT7028023
    What a fucking joke. Shit like this gets me fired up.

    Keep it together, Monsty. You can do this!

    Drink more pop!

    (But seriously, how the fuck can you patent a double linked list??)

    Yeah, and it looks like lots of other common data structures have been patented, too.

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  • HenroidHenroid Radio Demon Internet HellRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Has anything new come of this?

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2009
    The grinding wheel of the judicial system is slow. Hell, look how long it took for the courts to tell SCOG they were full of shit, and they are appealing.

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    Some days I just want to smack people with a rolled up newspaper. Or a phone book.
    A folding chair is looking like an attractive option right now too...
  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Yea, I expect this thread to get necro'd in about 4 months when the settlement/dismissal comes out.

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2009
    Scooter wrote: »
    Yea, I expect this thread to get necro'd in about 4 months when the settlement/dismissal comes out.

    More like in 4 months when discovery finishes.

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    Some days I just want to smack people with a rolled up newspaper. Or a phone book.
    A folding chair is looking like an attractive option right now too...
  • randombattlerandombattle Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    There is no way this is ever going to go to trial. It will settle out or just be dropped entirely.

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  • SkySky Registered User
    edited February 2009
    The thing to remember is that the U.S. Patent office became the model that all other patent offices around the world followed.

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    robothero wrote: »
    worlds.com to become MMO monopoly: Blizzard, EA, NCSoft admit defeat.
    I WANT them to go after Blizzard. Problem is if they win, it'd set precedent so we'll never see them try unless they can't lose.

    But it'd be funny.
    "WE'RE SUING YOU!"
    "*snaps fingers. Team of lawyers appears*"
    "Fffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu"
    Can you see it? It looks so beautiful in my mind.
    Oh god.
    A bunch of murlocs, wearing tiny suits, their little eyes glaring off in two different directions.
    Oh man.

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  • Operative21Operative21 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Oh god.
    A bunch of murlocs, wearing tiny suits, their little eyes glaring off in two different directions.
    Oh man.

    I'd actually pay money to see that. Of course, I'd probably die about 30 minutes later, after I suffocate to death from laughing so hard.

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  • s3rial ones3rial one Registered User
    edited February 2009
    Sky wrote: »
    The thing to remember is that the U.S. Patent office became the model that all other patent offices around the world followed.

    Insofar in that most of the rest of the industrialized world has some sort of centralized patent administration? Yes.

    The singular difference of the European Patent Office (for example) using a compulsory licensing scheme cuts down on this sort of idiocy by orders of magnitude. The EPO also uses an absolute novelty standard (where as the US, for all its inane babble about rewarding the inventor, is effectively a system that rewards whoever files the damned patent first) meaning that it's harder to get a patent in the EPO, there are fewer patents issued, and there's less to litigate. It also takes the wind out of the sails of the litigation, as the stakes aren't so high.

    I don't profess to be intimately familiar with the EPO's intricacies, but it is fundamentally a more sound and reasonable system than what we have in the US.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Can I patent the concept of language? Cause I totally call dibs!

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  • HenroidHenroid Radio Demon Internet HellRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I just filed a patent on written communication. You guys are fucked.

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  • StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited February 2009
    Shit, I filed a patent for carbon-based life.

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  • A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited February 2009
    I patented time, so you can all have fun existing.

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  • MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Unless someone beats me to it, I am going to patent the patenting process.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    MuddBudd wrote: »
    Unless someone beats me to it, I am going to patent the patenting process.

    OH SNAP!

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  • A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited February 2009
    MuddBudd wrote: »
    Unless someone beats me to it, I am going to patent the patenting process.

    It was already mentioned, but their patent might not have been approved yet!

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