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Lawsuit Filed Against Mojang - This Time, For Obscure Patent


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#1

Sacheverell

Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:32 AM

To many, the name "Uniloc" doesn't mean much - however, that will likely change in the coming days.  Uniloc is suing Mojang for allegedly infringing on the company's patent.  What patent is allegedly being infringed?

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a system and method ... for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data stored on an electronic device.

It is not known at this time what, if anything, this means for Mojang.  Of note, Markus "Notch" Persson has certainly voiced his opinion on the matter, stating that he "will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent".  Little else is known about the lawsuit at this time.

Notch has made the lawsuit PDF available for viewing, which you can see by clicking here.  He has also posted a detailed write-up on his perspective on software patents - you can view it by clicking here.

Uniloc appears to be suing numerous other gaming producers allegedly violating this patent, including Square Enix, Electronic Arts and others.

Any further specifics of the case will be covered as they develop.

UPDATE:  Ric Richardson has posted his views on the situation as well, which you can read by clicking here.  It is important to note that Mr. Richardson has had no direct part in the lawsuit of Uniloc vs. Mojang.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:34 AM

What could this guy possibly want? -.-
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:40 AM

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Not that I take this seriously at all, but considering the PDF of the lawsuit says 'Mindcraft' says to me this is another patent-troll, and it won't go anywhere.

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OperationIO

Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:40 AM

WOW this is a horrible company anyone else seen this :
Uniloc has sued 73 companies over violating its patent. 25 of those companies have settled according to Uniloc. [7]
seriously this is complete BS they dont even make anything they just sue sue sue  -.-

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:45 AM

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F*** off minecraft you troll leaches.
Worst wishes for you uniloc!
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:48 AM

This is probably a stupid question but... What are they getting sued for??

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:48 AM

View PostSacheverell, on 22 July 2012 - 04:32 AM, said:

To many, the name Ric Richardson won't mean much.  However, it is likely a name that will garner a great deal more attention in the coming days - his company "Uniloc" is suing Mojang for allegedly infringing on the company's patent.  What patent is allegedly being infringed?



It is not known at this time what, if anything, this means for Mojang.  Of note, Markus "Notch" Persson has certainly voiced his opinion on the matter, stating that he "will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent".  Little else is known about the lawsuit at this time.

Notch has made the lawsuit PDF available for viewing, which you can see by clicking here.

Uniloc appears to be suing numerous other gaming producers allegedly violating this patent, including Square Enix, Electronic Arts and others.

Any further specifics of the case will be covered as they develop.

Yeah Uniloc is not going to get a penny from E.A. and reading that a little there patent is there so they may get a rewritten patent nothing major. So summary Mojang is not going to be paying thousands to these people

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:49 AM

Lol what a useless sueing. It's the equivalent of saying Ima going to sue Microsoft for violating my patent on electricity.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:49 AM

It almost like me blaming someone for stealing my idea, when they had no contact with me whatsoever, and are LITERALLY on the opposite side of the earth. Most likely, if this is not complete bogus, this Uniloc company got a vague patent filed just so that (from a legal standpoint) everyone else is at fault.

That said, I am still in favor of Mojang, mainly because Uniloc is trying to sue so many poeple AT ONCE. Imagine a single person trying to start a war against an entire army... IT IS NOT A SMART MOVE
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:50 AM

Is this Mojang's second lawsuit within one year? The only way I can understand that is because "Uniloc" sounds like a major *INSERT TROLLFACE HERE*
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:50 AM

I love how biased the title of the thread is. Mojang could very well be the bad guys here, even if they didn't mean to be. You never know.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:51 AM

They need money. Give them bricks!

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:55 AM

View PostXavierHorovitz, on 22 July 2012 - 04:50 AM, said:

I love how biased the title of the thread is. Mojang could very well be the bad guys here, even if they didn't mean to be. You never know.
your a uniloc supporter? Than what are you doing on a Minecraft forum? uniloc is as dumb as cow dung(which is what uniloc eats).
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:57 AM

These worthless sh*theads should go run on the highway this is completely bull and these people are currently sueing 5 different companies including Mojang at the same time these guys will fail misserably and because one of the is E.A. they most likely be a counter sueing because of all this bull "AAAAAGGGGHHHHH". And for the people that don't know these guys sueing are from USA Texas so guesse If this is even remotely right.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:59 AM

View PostMarafice_Eye, on 22 July 2012 - 04:40 AM, said:

Not that I take this seriously at all, but considering the PDF of the lawsuit says 'Mindcraft' says to me this is another patent-troll, and it won't go anywhere.
It's one of the first thing i noticed when reading it , you'd think they would do a minimum of research on who and what they are suing.

Apparently these guys have been suing every big company out there and it's just part of being popular. More money for the lawyers.

View PostXavierHorovitz, on 22 July 2012 - 04:50 AM, said:

I love how biased the title of the thread is. Mojang could very well be the bad guys here, even if they didn't mean to be. You never know.

They are patent trolls , they are always wrong.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:01 AM

they be trollin'

uniloc is really greedy and wants money from big companies
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:02 AM

Well, for those who didnt understand, the document apparently says that mojang infringed one of unilocs adroid programs, or program that the minecraft android app uses. what unilocs seems to want is money for the apparent losses of profit because of this supposed infringing.
can Mojang can countersue for false claims if this turns out to be, obviously, false?

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goldberry2000

Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:03 AM

In truth this could go either way. It's clear that in the past Uniloc have managed to sue over this ridiculous patent, however any jury with ANY knowledge of how software works couldn't possibly rule in their favour; 'calling home' is the most common method of authentication in software today, and there are countless examples of pieces of software that used this method prior to their patent existing.

In fact, from the looks of the company, they do *nothing* but sue to get by. No products, no services, just lawsuit after lawsuit. As it happens it's a genius business model, hampered only by their lack of attention to detail. That is, unless, I'm wrong in thinking that Mojang has never made an application called Mindcraft.

I'm glad that Notch is taking it completely in his stride; he would rather bankrupt the company fighting his corner than give in to such a ridiculous case.

...but, as XavierHorovitz alluded to, Mojang is *technically* (from a legal standpoint based entirely on pendantics) in the wrong. Yet, again, the patent itself is just plain dumb.

Two cents, and all that.

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:05 AM

Looks likes Uniloc is the harbinger.
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XavierHorovitz

Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:06 AM

Notch also has a very..er..poor way of handling these things publicly.