MICROSOFT OBTAINS 5,000th PATENT

Video Game Law Blog

March 07, 2006

Microsoft has reached an impressive milestone by obtaining 5,000 US patents. And, most interestingly from our perspective, the fateful 5,000th patent is a game-related one. US patent no. 6,999,083 (titled 'System and method to provide a spectator experience for networked gaming"?) covers a technology allowing people to join a game as spectators, and thus allows consumers to tune into a video game in the same way that they would a sportscast.

Microsoft press release at http://shorl.com/dymyprylusesy

US Patent No. 6,999,083 at: http://shorl.com/dyjekesufresto

Coverage at http://shorl.com/byrefosyrere (Gamasutra)