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Lawsuit Over Patent Brought Against Facebook, Zynga And Many Others

Former video game publisher, GameTek, has launched a number of legal onslaughts against a handful of leading brands in the gaming industry. The lawsuit, according to reports, contains charges against a total of 21 companies including the likes of Facebook, Zynga, EA as well as many others.

Once renowned for adopting TV game shows, unfortunately a drought within this sector in the 90s resulted in the company having to close down and file for bankruptcy in 1997. Since then, it has operated as the business license of an unknown company.

The recent lawsuit brought against 21 defendants has been filed under the US Patent # 7076445 reads as "System and methods for obtaining advantages and transacting the same in a computer gaming environment" reported Kotaku.

Even though the patent has been passed from pillar to post since being registered back in 2000, its ownership is currently under GameTek LLC.

In the present suit the company has alleged that all 21 companies are selling various gaming goods at their in-game prices, and not only does GameTek wish to prove this claim but also to prevent the companies from infringing on the patent in the future.

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