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X-Plane devs sued by Uniloc for patent infringement

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Uniloc are at it again. They went after Mojang a couple of months back for the infringement of patent 6,857,067 which covers mobile applications that "require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application." They've launched a new lawsuit against X-plane developer, Laminar Research, for violation of the same patent.

"I am told that it will cost me about $1,500,000 (one and a half MILLION dollars) to defend this suit," writes X-Plane creator Austin Meyer on the X-Plane site site. "This is more money than I have made selling Android Apps in the first place. Under theses conditions, does it make sense for me to be in business?"


Mojang sued for patent infringement

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Notch tweeted over the weekend with news that Mojang are being sued for patent infringement. The suit is being brought by IP-gatherer, Uniloc. In their words, they "look at many ideas. Pick an outstanding one. Patent it. Commercialize it. Reap the rewards."

The suit claims that Mojang have infringed on a patent owned by Uniloc by creating applications "that require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application, including, but not limited to, Mindcraft," a description that quite neatly sums up one of the most frequently used forms of copy protection in the industry.