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 Sep 18, 2006 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* MS Sued... again

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MS is being sued again - this time by an apparent patent troll who found something in Xbox Live to attack.

In its court filing, Paltalk alleges that Microsoft's Xbox Live (whether accessed on the Xbox or the 360) infringes on two of its patents. The company has suffered damages "in at least the tens of millions of dollars," which raises obvious questions about why they waited four years to file the suit (Xbox Live was launched in late 2002).

The two patents at issue are the '523 patent and the '686 patent, both of which involve server-group messaging. "We have been creating cutting edge services for the entire history of our company," said Joel Smernoff, Paltalk's president. "We are taking an important step to protect our intellectual property rights and continue the important developments that set Paltalk apart."
The patent system is broken. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

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