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Patent parasites sue Microsoft over Xbox Live

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When it comes to frivolous and greed-driven lawsuits, few disgust me more than those instigated by patent trolls. People who make vague patents and then sue whenever they can claim infringement should really be lined up and shot, but for now, Microsoft is going to have to deal with a group who have repeatedly tried to make money out of online gaming networks.

Peter Hochstein and Jeffrey Tenenbaum (pricks) once patented a method of "communicating live while playing the same video game in separate locations" and have been milking their "idea" since 1994. In 2004, they went after both Sony and Microsoft, and in April of this year, scored a settlement with the former over the PS2's online gaming network. Now they want more, and are focusing on Xbox Live.

Rather than settle or fight, Microsoft has tried stalling tactics to keep the case going. Back in February, the case was delayed by MS over a typo in the filing. The company has also thrown 140,000 documents at Hochstein and Tenenbaum without any form of index. Classy move indeed. 

This one is probably going to drag on, but we all know how these things turn out. Microsoft will eventually settle with the leeches out of court at some point, and everything will be fine until the next bone-idle and dick-minded patent troll crawls out from under a rock.

Also, I've just patended a method for using one's legs and feet to manually travel from one location to another. I will sue anybody who uses The Sterling Self-Propulsion Technique.

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Filed under... #lawsuit #Microsoft #Utterly pathetic #Xbox Live

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