Treehouse Avatar Technologies

Another new one for us – notice of potential patent infringement with Rise: The Vieneo Province.

Excerpt from a joystiq article:

A company named Treehouse Avatar Technologies was granted United States Patent No. 8,180,858 in May [2012], which covers a “Method And System For Presenting Data Over A Network Based On Network User Choices And Collecting Real-Time Data Related To Said Choices,” according to the patent’s title. In other words, it covers a method of taking and tracking user choices over a network, a vague description to say the least.

We learned that their business model is called “patent trolling” wherein the plaintiff hires an intellectual property firm to put feelers out and litigate against firms where they identify there is money to be had.

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