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Candy Crush maker King is a step closer to trademarking the word 'Candy'
UPDATE King, the company behind the chart-topping mobile game Candy Crush Saga, wants to make sure its market dominance is secure, in part by seeking to trademark a very common word.
01.19.14 | News | Staff | 76 Number of Comments 
Nintendo snaps up 'patent troll's' patents after court win
IA Labs tried -- and failed -- to sue Nintendo for patent infringement back in 2010, and this week Nintendo acquired the now-defunct patent troll's entire portfolio as part of a court-mandated sale.
01.08.14 | News | Alex Wawro | 9 Number of Comments 
Blog: Washington takes on patent trolls - what to expect
Patent reform legislation is making its way through Congress -- but what should we expect from it? Attorney Jonathan Sparks explains what's happening right now.
12.16.13 | News | Gamasutra Community |  
Patent troll crackdown measure approved by House
Patent troll haters, take heart: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill explicitly designed to punish companies for abusive use of patents today.
12.04.13 | News | Alex Wawro | 11 Number of Comments 
Zynga comes out on top in patent lawsuit
Back in February 2012, social games company Zynga was sued by intellectual property developer Personalized Media Communications, with four alleged patent infringements discussed.
11.19.13 | News | Mike Rose |  
Activision Blizzard turns patent battle up a notch
A year and a half after being sued by Worlds Inc. over an online patents, Activision Blizzard is now suing back, over a couple different online game patents.
10.03.13 | News | Kris Graft | 4 Number of Comments 
Apple's challenge denied in Lodsys in-app purchases lawsuit
Although Apple was looking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Lodsys against various iOS developers, the iPhone maker has had its motion refused by an East Texas judge.
09.29.13 | News | Mike Rose | 7 Number of Comments 
Blog: To patent or not to patent?
Attorney Jonathan Sparks examines whether developers should patent their creations -- from the more angle, in terms of advantages it confers, and the complexities of actually doing it.
09.26.13 | News | Gamasutra Community |  
The Microsoft vs Motorola lawsuit finally comes to an end
The long-running Microsoft vs Motorola Mobility lawsuit over alleged patent infringements is finally coming to an end, as a jury has ruled in favor of Microsoft, and awarded the company $15 million in damages.
09.05.13 | News | Mike Rose | 6 Number of Comments 
Microsoft acquires Nokia's mobile business for $7.2 billion
As Microsoft looks to bolster its mobile offerings, the company today announced that it has purchased substantially all of Nokia's Devices and Services business for around $7.2 billion.
09.02.13 | News | Mike Rose | 8 Number of Comments 
Judge halves 'intrinsically excessive' damages in 3DS tech lawsuit
Retired Sony engineer Seijiro Tomita recently won a case against Nintendo, and was awarded $30.2 million in damages after a U.S. jury found that the company had infringed on his 3D display technology.
08.14.13 | News | Mike Rose | 5 Number of Comments 
Newly-proposed House bill takes aim at patent trolls
Patent trolls aren't exactly an uncommon issue in the video game industry. But now a new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives could potentially help defendants in such cases.
07.22.13 | News | Mike Rose | 10 Number of Comments 
In the world of wearable video games, a new challenger appears
With $2.5 million in seed capital, Mind Pirate recently came out of stealth mode and is talking to game developers about the next-gen of wearable tech.
07.16.13 | News | Leigh Alexander |  
Patent troll Treehouse targeting small MMOs
The legal representatives for Treehouse Avatar Technologies, owner of a dubious patent for a system of "presenting data over a network" is targeting a series of small MMO developers, according to GamePolitics.
07.11.13 | News | Kris Ligman | 31 Number of Comments 
US Court of Appeals upholds Wii balance board patent
The Federal Circuit of the US Court of Appeals has upheld a 2012 decision ruling that Nintendo's Wii balance board does not infringe on a patent held by IA Labs.
06.18.13 | News | Kris Ligman | 2 Number of Comments 
How Nintendo defeated a patent troll
Attorney Will Lewis takes a look at Nintendo's recent legal victory over Motiva, and explains how it triumphed, and the effect this will have on game industry patent trolls.
05.15.13 | News | Gamasutra Community |  
Nintendo triumphs in Wii patent case (again)
One patent holder wanted to get a piece of the Nintendo Wii's success, but a court has denied that notion.
05.12.13 | News | Kris Graft | 3 Number of Comments 
Protecting your IP in a new age
In the era of crowdsourcing, user-generated content, and patent trolls, how do you protect your IP? This legal post explains how you can protect yourself.
04.21.13 | News | Gamasutra Community |  
Tim Langdell's 'Edge' trademarks are finally cancelled
The Tim Langdell 'Edge' saga is well and truly over, as the U.S. patent and trademark department has noted that all of Langdell's trademarks relating to the word Edge have been cancelled.
04.18.13 | News | Mike Rose | 9 Number of Comments 
Lodsys adds Gameloft, Gamevil and others to its in-app purchases lawsuit
A 2011 lawsuit from patent licensing firm Lodsys continues to roll onwards, as the company has now added 10 new mobile game studios to the complaint.
04.07.13 | News | Mike Rose | 1 Number of Comments 
U.S. Judge rules Xbox does not violate Motorola's patents
Although it looked like Motorola's lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged patent infringements would end badly for the Xbox company, the tides have now turned and a judge has cleared Microsoft of any infringement.
03.24.13 | News | Mike Rose | 2 Number of Comments 
BioShock Infinite: What the critics are saying
This edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Irrational Games' narrative-driven first-person shooter BioShock Infinite, which reviewers describe as "an amazing experience from beginning to end."
03.24.13 | News | Danny Cowan | 20 Number of Comments 
Nintendo loses 3DS tech infringement battle
A U.S. jury said this week that Nintendo infringed a retired Sony engineer's 3D display technology patent when it created its 3DS handheld, and has awarded the inventor $30.2 million in damages.
03.13.13 | News | Mike Rose | 11 Number of Comments 
Blog: Software patents are broken, and it’s hurting our economy
Living under the fear of patent litigation is no way to grow a business. Josh Hartwell, CEO and founder of Mobile Deluxe, examines the battle between small businesses and patent trolls.
02.28.13 | News | Gamasutra Community |  
Clone Wars: The Five Most Important Cases Every Game Developer Should Know
"How courts treat developers copying ideas for video games, however, has quietly but dramatically evolved over the past year," writes attorney Stephen McArthur, who takes a look at how the legal precedent on cloning has changed from Asteroids through Triple Town.
02.26.13 | Feature | Stephen C. McArthur | 29 Number of Comments 

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