U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Case No. 6:2012cv00470, Filed on July 20, 2012
Mojang, the studio responsible for creating the game Minecraft, has been targeted in a recent patent infringement suit by Uniloc USA and Uniloc Luxembourg. In its complaint, Uniloc alleges that Mojang infringed upon its Patent No.6,857,067 entitled ” “SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC DATA.” Mojang allegedly infringed Uniloc’s patent through making its Android applications available over mobile devices that “require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application[s].”
According to Uniloc’s complaint, “said applications” include Mojang’s most famous game, “Mindcraft.” Yes, “Mindcraft.” Uniloc was most likely referring to “Minecraft,” the critically acclaimed game that has sold more than 4 million copies since 2009. Mojang’s Notch released a copy of the complaint over twitter, also stating that: “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.”
This article will be updated when more information becomes available to us.