Blizzard wins case against notorious patent troll Worlds, Inc

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By on March 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

Ah, patent trolls — is there anything sweeter than when these lowlifes get their comeuppance? Well… okay, yeah I guess there actually are a lot of things sweeter but it’s still great to see them get smacked down officially in court.

Blizzard are the latest company to score a KO over patent troll Worlds, Inc, whose entire gig is that they slapped a patent on super vague things like “the ability to chat to users in a virtual environment” and “a method for enabling a first user to interact with other users in a virtual space” and are now suing companies for supposedly violating it while never actually developing a product themselves.

A district judge in Boston in the US has now ruled that these patents are invalid and awarded the case to Blizzard.

Worlds, Inc has already lost court cases against NC Soft and Linden Labs, so things aren’t looking good for this particular patent troll.

Source: via WoW Insider

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Is this victory due to the changes in patent laws in the US to make it harder for patent trolls?

 

good intellectual property laws are completely stupid at the best of times

 
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