"communicating live while playing the same videogame in separate locations"
I don't understand why these cases go anywhere. A patent like this should not be awarded in the first place, you may develop a method for doing this but so can anyone else with a basic knowledge of programming. Fuck, AT&T infringes on this if 2 people call each other while playing a game. Games that use modems to connect to each other infringe on this if they let you chat. It's easy to see why a patent would get issued like this, there have to be millions of patents being submitted all the time, but why does a judge look at this and not revoke the patent as bullshit?
Playing devils advocate how do you protect a piece of software fairly? When anyone can essentially copy your work and make their own version how do you keep your inventions safe? And are software programs inventions? They deserve copyrights in some cases but functions you find in one software appear in another all the time so at what point should a patent protect something but not something else?This comment was edited on Jul 2, 2009, 12:20.