Turbine Slapped With Patent Infringement Suit
Fans of Lord of the Rings Online may have a new adversary, and I’m not talking about some successor to Sauron. A Canadian web services company called Treehouse Avatar Technologies has slapped Turbine with a patent infringement suit over a patent they filed earlier this year called “Method And System For Presenting Data Over A Network Based On Network User Choices And Collecting Real-Time Data Related To Said Choice.”
Treehouse claims that elements in both LOTRO and D&DO infringe on this patent. However, it’s almost certain they’ll lose. They only got the patent in May, and these games, well, they’re kind of older than that. On the other hand, corporate politics gets evil, so I’ll keep my skepticism low until more information comes out. It’s entirely possible there are grounds that will only come out in court, though, you know, I doubt it. You can check out the filing for yourself here.