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GameDAILY BIZ (thanks HomeLAN Fed) reports that a dozen major game publishers are being sued by Texas-based law firm McKool Smith for infringing on a patent they hold: "Method and Apparatus for Spherical Planning." They are making the case that the patent covers displaying 3D images on a monitor, and an employee of one of the publishers, quoted under the promise of anonymity, says the case is "ridiculously broad... It's an abuse of the legal system," but also: "They might have a leg to stand on from a legal standpoint. It's not impossible that McKool Smith will win. A lot of very smart people are taking this very seriously." The dozen publishers named in the suit are Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Activision, Atari, THQ, Vivendi Universal Games, Sega, Square Enix, Tecmo, LucasArts, and Namco Hometek. Apparently several smaller companies are also being threatened with legal action.
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