Facebook, Zynga, EA And Many Others Accused Of Patent Infringement Over Virtual Payments

Posted on Mar 3 2012 - 12:59pm by Editorial Staff

The company which is still appears to be only on paper at the present point, name GameTek LLC, filed up a patent infringement cases against some big social gaming companies, including social networking giant Facebook, social game maker Zynga, Electronics Arts, Funzio, Wooga and 6waves in Southern California. The games accused of infringing the single patent, US no. 7,076,445 by GameTek include FarmVille, CityVille, Mafia Wars 2, Crime City, Bingo Blitz, and several others.

As is typical, the lawsuit uses complicated jargon to describe the patent:

The various claims of the ‘445 patent cover, inter alia, a method of managing a game comprising displaying a plurality of game objects, determining if the user has sufficient consideration to purchase a game object, presenting an offer to purchase the game object dependent upon parameters comprising the tracked activity of the user and the indication that the user has sufficient consideration, permitting the user to purchase the game object without interrupting the game, supplying the purchased game object to the user without interrupting the game, and incorporating the game object into the game

The case just started up, so there is no point at this stage to determine what is going to be happen as the time passes however certain aspects suggests a lot of interesting aspects at this time. This is how things happen but the more interesting thing seems to appear when all these biggies companies will file their part of responses against GameTek’s complaint.

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