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Microsoft settles infringement case

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Mar 2009 16:24 User comments (2)

Microsoft settles infringement case Microsoft spokesman David Bowermaster has noted that the software giant has settled a patent infringement lawsuit relating to multiplayer online through the Xbox 360.
The lawsuit had been brought forward by PalTalk, and the plaintiff wanted over $90 million USD in royalties. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

The case ended in an "amicable agreement" however, says Microsoft.

"The parties have settled the case, and PalTalk is quite pleased with the outcome," added Max Tribble, a PalTalk lawyer.

PalTalk told the courts last week that "the Halo franchise as well as both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles made use of patents owned by PalTalk."

GI.biz explains that the patents in question "were said to cover ways in which multiple computers could interact with each other, specifically for use in multiplayer games, which Microsoft had dismissed the claims as being for outmoded dial-up connections, adding "the patents don't cover the way the Halo games work."

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2 user comments

120.3.2009 16:25

Well it seems that this has been a very good pay day for pal talk :)

222.3.2009 1:30

Unless they continue to get revenues on future sales of xBox - regardless of software content - a la windows by pc makers - they will go the Stacker way.

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