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Interesting, but why that much money? Could they not make a point for a cheaper amount. I am not saying they cant afford that but still poor poor Microsoft

Source- http://www.n4g.com/industrynews/News-291903.aspx

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Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, should pay a New York company $90 million for using its inventions in the Xbox
video-game system, a lawyer told a federal jury yesterday.

PalTalk Holdings Inc. says Halo games and the Xbox console on which they are played infringe two patents for inventions developed by MPath Interactive Inc. PalTalk bought the patents for less than $200,000, Microsoft lawyer David Pritikin said.
 

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More washed out companies who didn't get the jump on a technology looking a quick easy buck... Sigh.

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MPath was "a pioneer in the online video industry in the area of real-time, multiplayer online games," PalTalk lawyer Max Tribble told the jury.
Lol couldn't anything from Google about them. Nice oath there law man.
 

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Heh, Microsoft might get patent trolled themselves. Irony much?
 

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They're suing over the system link capability of a console that is no longer supported, much less sold? Seems a little too late.

And calling themselves "pioneers" in this area is kind of ******ed, since people have been able to connect PCs together directly to play against each other for years before there even was an Xbox.
 

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They're suing over the system link capability of a console that is no longer supported, much less sold? Seems a little too late.

And calling themselves "pioneers" in this area is kind of ******ed, since people have been able to connect PCs together directly to play against each other for years before there even was an Xbox.

QFT

"hey, lets make a lawsuit large enough so we never have to work again, but small enough that microsoft will likely settle with us instead of going through with a full trial"
 

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Microsoft dismisses $90m lawsuit

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Microsoft is being sued for USD 90 million over a copyright infringement case brought to bear by PalTalk Holdings.

A Texas court was told that the Halo franchise as well as both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles infringed on patents concerning interactive applications over multiple computers, developed by MPath Interactive and later bought by PalTalk for USD 200,000.

According to Seattle PI, PalTalk lawyer Max Tribble told the jury that MPath was "a pioneer in the online video industry in the area of real-time, multiplayer online games."

"Microsoft had many meetings with MPath regarding their technology, and Microsoft found the technology to be very valuable," Tribble added.

Microsoft is refuting the claims as both incorrect and wildly inordinate considering the value of the patents.

The software giant's lawyer David Pritikin, explained that Microsoft did review the technology but chose not to purse it any further, saying that the patents in question concerned outmoded dial-up connections, adding "the patents don't cover the way the Halo games work."

"Microsoft decided to go in another direction and work with another company," he said. "Obviously, this was upsetting to PalTalk and its employees."

Pritikin concluded: "The patents aren't worth much, certainly not USD 90 million."

The trial in Marshall, Texas, is being held before US District Judge David Folsom and expected to last around two weeks.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...USD90m-lawsuit
 
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