Zynga sued over patent infringement

August 17, 2011

(AP) -- Zynga Inc., the maker of popular online games such as "FarmVille" and "CityVille," is being sued for patent infringement by a Texas gaming startup.

Agincourt claims Zynga is violating two of its patents related to systems for redeeming prizes in games. The patents were awarded in 2001 and 2004.

Zynga's "remarkable growth has not been driven by its own ingenuity or innovations," Agincourt said. "Rather, it has been widely reported that Zynga's business model is to copy creative ideas and game designs ... and use its market power to bulldoze the games' originators."

Zynga has plans to offer an of stock. About 230 million people every month play addictive Zynga games such as "Farmville," "" and "Texas HoldEm Poker," much of the time through apps on Facebook. The games are free to play, but Zynga charges small amounts of money to buy virtual items that can help players advance in its games more quickly.

Little is known about Agincourt. The company, based in Plano, Texas, describes itself as a "start-up aggregator and renovator of underappreciated games." Its website links to an online game called Pantheon.

Agincourt filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del. Agincourt seeks unspecified damages, attorneys' fees and a declaration that Zynga infringes its patents.

Zynga declined to comment.

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3 / 5 (2) Aug 17, 2011
Next, someone will be sued for playing Hop Skotch or Checkers without a license.

It would be nice to have a law banning patents.
not rated yet Aug 18, 2011
If we lived in a world where people behaved ethically in business and supported the creators of innovation, instead of just taking their ideas, patents and copyrights would be unnecessary.
not rated yet Aug 18, 2011
How much do I have to pay to sing happy birthday to myself on live tv again? Someone call Dikhead Disney. Every major player has stolen intellectual property at some point, so they are all guilty. Read SNOW CRASH. Everything we are doing today on the internet was ripped off from that book. Goggle in!

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