Wizards of the Coast Sued for Magic: The Gathering Online Patent Infringement Claims

Wildcat Intellectual Property Holdings of Dallas, Texas has sued Wizards of the Coast in Federal Court claiming that the Hasbro subsidiary has violated its electronic trading-card patent by publishing "Magic: The Gathering Online." While Wildcat is suing Wizards of the Coast, it does not name Hasbro in its lawsuit.

Wildcat claims the popular online collectible trading card game infringes on at least seven aspects of its Electronic Trading Card patent. Those infringements include "making, using, selling, hosting, and/or providing access to within the United States, and/or importing into the United States, at least Wizards' 'Magic: The Gathering Online' game, infringing one or more claims of the '216 Patent."

Wildcat says it uses the patent on its own game Unit Commander which it calls "the ultimate mercenary trading card game." The company is asking the court for "injunctive relief to stop the alleged infringing activity."

Source: Courthouse News

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    ddrfr33k says:

    Actually, the term "Trading Card Game" was one of the main sticking points when Nintendo tried to end their business venture with WotC over the Pokemon TCG.  Wizards contended that they owned the rights to the name "trading card game," amongst other things.  This is also why Decypher called it the Star Wars Collectible Card Game, specifically to get around the patent trolls.

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    Balance says:

    The correlation of companies with "Intellectual Property" in their name to trolls is nearly 1:1. Adding "Holding" eliminates the "nearly" part by eliminating academic groups and the law firms that merely work for the trolls.

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    Neeneko says:

    Strange thing is, the patent itself looks pretty specific, almost like a protocol specification.

    Heh, though its specific use of 'floopy disks' might make it non-applicable right there.

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    Neeneko says:

    Not quite sure I would call them a 'troll' in this case, since it sounds like they actually do operate a competing product in the same space.

    That being said, I wonder what the full story between 'Wildcat Intelectual Property Holdings' and 'Whildcat Games' actually is.  Looks like the former does have a rather troll like history.

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    Daniel Lazzari Jr says:

    I don't think they want attention so much as they want money. Often when one of these patent trolls files an actual lawsuit, it means that they tried to extort…er…settle out of court but the victim…er…defendant refused. Most of these companies don't want attention at all, because attention gives more people a chance to dig up prior art that might invalidate the patent altogether.

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    GrimCW says:

    … when was their patent filed i wonder now… there have been MTG online games since roundabout '99 or '01 (can't recall the first one, but TBH i liked it better than these new over loaded ones)

    and if they're at fault, what of SoE and its Legends of Norrath? or any of the countless other various "electronic trading card" games on the net?

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