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Funny, generally everybody on this board hates Activision ... oh how the tables have turned.
Just because people are siding against the plaintiff and their "patent" does not mean they are siding with Activision in anyway. They are only siding against the plaintiff and their claim.
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Activision and Blizzard are rich.

That answers almost all the questions here.
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Activision and Blizzard are rich.

That answers almost all the questions here.
Activision is Blizzard.

Thought everyone knew that.

Activision is also, Treyarch, IW, Grey Matter, Neversoft and Bungie.

Incredible, huh? There's more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activision 1.2 Shows all partnerships.
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Patents are legally granted monopolies that are awarded to whoever comes up with a functional idea (like say, the transistor or the cotton gin)
Patents require more than just being functional. They have to be New, useful, and part of one of the 4 statutory classes.

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Vague patents are just as valid as specific ones, as you can argue that you plan to create new products that are derivatives of your original patent.
They may be valid, but are much harder to patent, as well as much harder to protect. When it comes to protecting a patent, the more specific, the better.

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In the US (and most other places) you have to pay a fee to maintain your patent, which is why lots of patents expire well before the 17-year period.
The patent period in the US is 20 years, not 17.

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If you don't enforce your patent, then it automatically is invalidated.
What in the world are you talking about here? Patents don't just go away. The only way they become invalid are if you forget to post your renewal fee at the allotted times the USPTO give you. 3 1/2, 7 1/2, 11 1/2 years.
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post #35 of 39
can we just patent an os like they have done with online gaming? leave it so vague and broad they cant be stuffed looking at it they approve it and sue microsoft and apple?
post #36 of 39
blizzard shouldn't be the target ... crush koticks/treyarch and Call of duty ... not world of warcraft and starcraft.
    
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What in the world are you talking about here? Patents don't just go away. The only way they become invalid are if you forget to post your renewal fee at the allotted times the USPTO give you. 3 1/2, 7 1/2, 11 1/2 years.
Overall, my summary was just that--a very brief summary. So I was wrong about the duration... Minor detail, as it used to be 17.

As far as the whole invalidation thing, I was mixed up with trademark, where the burden is on you, the trademark holder, to ensure that your trademark is being enforced and not being infringed. My mistake.
post #38 of 39
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http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/3...ent_Patent.php




How did a patent that vague and massive even get approved
Wait a sec...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Blur, Wolfenstein, DJ Hero 2, Golden Eye 007, World of Warcraft

Am I missing something?? I don't recall a tournament system in CoD: MW or CoD: WoW.
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Patent the Patent System, wait 36 hours, SUE EVERYBODY!
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