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More Lawsuits!

Posted Sep 17, 2009 by Michael Bitton

More Lawsuits!

Paltalk strikes again! In a report over at Boston Globe, we've learned that Paltalk Holdings has filed suit against MMOG bigwigs Turbine, Sony Corp, Blizzard, Jagex, and NCsoft for patent infringement.

What's the charge, Officer? Well, apparently, Paltalk Holdings purchased a patent from HearMe in 2002 that covers "technologies for sharing data among many connected computers so that all users see the same digital environment". Paltalks angle is that the companies named in the suit are violating their patent due to the data-sharing technologies being used in games like Lord of the Rings Online, or World of Warcraft.

This story wouldn't be a huge deal, given how ridiculous it is, if not for the fact it has been tried before by Paltalk. First, in 2006, against a little company called Microsoft, over the technology being used in Halo 3. Microsoft settled with Paltak mid-trial, which concedes some validity to Paltalks claims, setting precedent and ensuring it will be tough for companies like Turbine or NCsoft to challenge them.

Via The Boston Globe.

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB

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