Electronic Arts and Gameloft Sued for Infringement Through Android Apps

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  • 23 Jul 2012
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  • I guess it doesn’t always pay to get involved in the Android universe, since you can get a lawsuit on your hands, like Electronic Arts did recently. They and 9 other game makers are being sued by Uniloc, claiming that some of their Android apps infringe a patent that prevents unauthorized access to electronic data.

    An example is that EA infringes one or even more claims in the patent for Android apps. Bejeweled 2 is listed here and it’s all about the communication with a server to perform a license check to avoid unauthorized use of the app. Other allegations of this kind have been made for other companies and the lawsuits were filed last week before a court in Texas. So it’s all about a videogame’s authenticating system, used to communicate with a server, something that most apps are doing nowadays.

    Other companies involved here are Polarbit, Laminar Research, Gameloft, Madfinger Games, Square Enix and more. Uniloc is basically a patent licensing company, so they hunt such infringements. They already have cases against Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe and MS settled with them in March, so they’re dangerous.

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    SOURCE: pcworld
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