Fun and games in the land of business. Notch has received a letter from a company in Texas (Uniloc USA) claiming that Mojang has breeched their patent on mobile technology. (https://twitter.com/notch/status/226603785504579584
Step 1: Wake up. Step 2: Check email. Step 3: See we're being sued for patent infringement. Step 4: Smile.
Unfortunately for them, they're suing us over a software patent. If needed, I will throw piles of money at making sure they don't get a cent
Here's the PDF they sent me: http://notch.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/mojang.pdf …
Software patents are plain evil. Innovation within software is basically free, and it's growing incredibly rapid. Patents only slow it down.
Looking at the letter
Mojang is directly infringing one or more claims of the ’067 patent in this judicial
district and elsewhere in Texas, including at least claim 107, without the consent or authorization
of Uniloc, by or through making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing Android based
applications for use on cellular phones and/or tablet devices that require communication with a
server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application, including,
but not limited to, Mindcraft.
And no, I didn't make a typo. They spelt it as "Mindcraft". Let's just say that Uniloc have been trying to get money from companies this way for a while (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniloc):
Uniloc has sued 73 companies over violating its patent. 25 of those companies have settled according to Uniloc.
One of the principals of Unlioc is Aussie Ric Richardson
, who may well have invented the technology that is at issue:
Sigh, I am hoping that this doesn't become a huge waste of time and technology for Mojang.