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Paltalk Holdings Inc. is taking on the MMO industry's biggest players in court

In online games, one crucial aspect of gameplay is to synchronize the scene across a wide array of players' computers.  Events like explosions or special effects must be transferred to and played simultaneously on a broad variety of internet connect machines which is not always an easy task.  In 2002, Paltalk Holdings Inc. of Jericho, N.Y. purchased two patents from a company called HearMe.  The patents cover sharing data among many connected computers so that all users see the same digital environment.

Now Paltalk, a reputed patent monger, has taken many of the massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming industry's biggest players to court in Marshall, Texas, claiming they violate its patents.  Paltalk hand picked the east Texas court for its long history of favoring plaintiffs (patent holders) in lawsuits.  States Christopher Donnelly, a partner at Donnelly Conroy & Gelhaar LLP in Boston, "The eastern district of Texas is considered a plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction."

Paltalk is suing Turbine Inc. of Westwood makers of the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG, a popular $15 per month entry; Japan’s Sony Corp., maker of the online game Everquest; Activision Blizzard Inc., whose World of Warcraft is the world’s most popular subscription-based online game; NCSoft Corp. of South Korea, maker of the game Guild Wars; and the British firm Jagex Ltd., which produces the free online game Runescape. 

Noticeably absent in the suit are CCP Games, makers of EVE Online; Square Enix makers of the popular Final Fantasy X11; Linden Lab, which produces the popular Second Life game; and GRAVITY Co., Ltd., which produces Ragnarock online, a game popular for its free servers.  It is unclear why Paltalk singled out the companies it did, while ignoring others, which likely use similar technologies.

Paltalk has a strong legal track record.  In 2006 it took Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, to court over technology in Halo.  The case went to a trial in Marshall, Texas, in March.  Mid-trial Microsoft gave in, conceding the validity of Paltalk's clients and paying it a reportedly massive undisclosed licensing fee.

The firm, like others, looks to continue to milk the patent system -- and the U.S. software industry -- for all its worth in the friendly Texas courts.  Last month a Texas court ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word within 60 days, as well as paying $200M USD in damages to another patent monger firm.  The ban has been temporarily lifted, but the damages remain, unless Microsoft can win an appeal.

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I know why they chose Texas
By DuctTapeAvenger on 9/18/2009 10:23:19 AM , Rating: 5
By screwing with WoW, LOTRO, Everquest, etc, they are incurring the wrath of gamers worldwide. By holding this in Texas, they have the greatest natural defenses against an attack: sunlight, fresh air, and large open outdoor areas. Only the strongest MMO geek can survive such conditions (unless they can get their Mom to drop them off at the door).

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By Ristogod on 9/18/2009 10:42:53 AM , Rating: 2

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By PitViper007 on 9/18/2009 10:49:37 AM , Rating: 3
OK...Just had to laugh at that one.

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By Pythias on 9/18/2009 10:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
Only the strongest MMO geek can survive such conditions (unless they can get their Mom to drop them off at the door).

Nice. Did you know that coffee can disolve the anti-glare coating on an lcd?

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By acase on 9/18/2009 11:37:52 AM , Rating: 5
You should patent that.

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By gmw1082 on 9/18/2009 11:50:03 AM , Rating: 2
I patent a method for protecting gamers from the environment when in an outdoor setting.

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By Pythias on 9/18/2009 11:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
I've already patented it. My mother's car...when she's not busy farming welfare purps.

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By gmw1082 on 9/18/2009 12:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
Damn...always a day late and a dollar short.

RE: I know why they chose Texas
By geekman1024 on 9/18/2009 10:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
Calling for a Massive Epic Raid Party in Greed's Lair in Texas.

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