British Telegram an obviously British telecommunication company has filed a law suite against Valve over Steam in Delaware. The lawsuit involves four of BT’s patents and honestly the patents a very broad.
The first patent is their Gittins patent. It’s described as follows:
“…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 for which it has access rights. The user requests content directly from the portal instead of requesting content separately from each of the subscription services. The portal can obtain the items from the remote sources or, alternatively, from readily-accessible storage associated with the portal where the items were previously stored so that they are available on demand.”
Second up it their Newton patent.
…relates generally to a method for delivering structured messages comprised of information and data parts to an intended audience in a reliable and predictable manner. 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. As described in detail below, Valve’s Steam Chat infringes the Newton Patent.”
Steam’s messaging options, meanwhile, apparently infringe upon the Beddus patent.
“The Beddus Patent relates generally to a communications system in which a user is provided 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.”
And finally, Steam broadcasting falls under the purview of the Buckley patent:
“The Buckley Patent generally relates to 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.”
So there you have it, seems pretty frivolous if you ask me but I’m not a lawyer… not legally at least. So what do you think about the lawsuit? Let us know in the comments below, and as always comeback for more nerdy news, check our our Facebook Page, Twitter, and YouTube channel.