BT Suing Valve for Patent Infringements on Steam

Discussion in 'General News' started by News Bot, Sep 1, 2016.

How to likeReveal download linksprotect your links
  1. News Bot

    News Bot News Reporter
    Staff Member News Team

    Jun 30, 2016
    Likes Received:
    British Telecom, a multinational telecommunications company based in the UK, is suing Valve for using technologies it claims to have invented. According to BT, Valve is infringing its patents on "a broad range of products and services" including "Steam Library, Steam Chat, Steam Messaging, and Steam Broadcasting."

    In the suit, BT asserts that Valve has infringed four patents. The first of these is the Gittins Patent, which "relates generally to providing users with content that originates from multiple subscription services and delivering it through a single portal where a customer may access content."

    Essentially, it is claiming that by delivering games and video from outside sources to users through the Steam service, it is infringing the patent. The second patent, called the Newton Patent, pertains to delivering messages "comprised of information and data parts to an intended audience in a reliable and predictable manner."

    It continues: "Messages are stored as files at a server for retrieval by the intended clients. Each client transmits requests for messages to the server at automatic and periodic intervals."

    BT claims the Beddus Patent has also been infringed because Valve provides its users with "different communication mechanisms and each mechanism is associated with a call control protocol.

    "The user’s status is monitored, and when the user is determined to be logged out of the system, persistent communication mechanisms are available and at least one non-persistent communication mechanism is unavailable," it explains.

    Finally, with the Buckley Patent, BT asserts Valve has infringed on technology allowing "a multi-user display system and method for controlling a communal display that includes at least two independent workstations and an interface server for connection to a data network."

    BT's patents seem to claim ownership over technologies that are core to services beyond Valve's Steam platform. YouTube, Twitch, Blizzard's platform, Apple's App Store, and various other modern gaming and VOD services all provide very similar services. It is unclear whether BT also intends to pursue these companies.

    BT claims that it has been has been trying to contact Valve since October, 2015.

    "On October 8, 2015, the chief counsel for Intellectual Property Rights of BT ("BT's IPR Counsel") sent a letter to Valve's General Counsel, identifying the Patents-In-Suit and providing clear notice that Valve infringed them.

    "The October 8, 2015 letter provided a summary of each Patent-In-Suit and enclosed claim charts explaining Valve’s infringement of a representative claim, in detail, on an element-by-element basis."

    It added: "Neither Valve's General Counsel, nor anyone else at Valve, responded to BT’s October 8, 2015 letter. "

    While it may seem like this is another case of patent trolling, BT is one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world, which--despite the very broad nature of its argument--gives it clout. GameSpot will provide updates on the case as they become available.

    Continue reading...
  • About Us

    Chaos Gamez is a friendly online community with our members sharing all the content you will ever need for your 3DS console including games in .3ds & .cia format, updates, DLC, Homebrew, CFW's, Flashcard firmwares, cheats & a variety of content for other platforms. We have all the downloads and games you'll ever need for your WiiU too! Including WiiU USB Ready Games, WUD Files, Game Tickets, and Homebrew! Same applies for NDS Roms, Wii WBFS, GameCube ISOs, and Retro game console ROMs!
  • Donate to the Server

    The management works very hard to make sure the community is running the best software, best security, and all the other bells and whistles. Care to contribute and support the community? We'd really appreciate it!

    Become a Donor!
  • Disclaimer

    No files are stored on our servers, all links are on external sites. If you have an issue with one of the posts/threads on our site or to make a DMCA report please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the site