THQ’s Bankrupt And Apple’s Patents

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Video games publisher THQ has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and one of Apple’s patents have been thrown out. Stick with us, it’s time for Nerd Porn.

THQ’s Bankrupt

You may not know THQ, but you certainly know what games they’ve put out: The Red Faction series, Homefront, Freespace 2, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Homeworld (which I frickin’ loved), and the Darksiders series.

Well, THQ’s been coming down on hard times, and they’ve filed Chapter 11, selling off assets. Volition, Inc., a subsidiary that developed Red Faction  and Saint’s Row, has been bought up by Clearlake Capital Group, which has until March to sell it off or the studio will be broken up.

As of right now, while the assets are moving toward being sold off to other companies, development goes on as usual, which may actually make the sale a bit more attractive to other publishers who may want to buy an IP already in development on the cheap.

 

Apple’s Patents

Apple lost their latest patent battle in their ongoing battle versus Samsung. The US Patent and Trademark Office issued a ruling that declared their “pinch-and-zoom” patent claim was not legitimate. Here’s from the Wall St. Journal:

The patent office said that in order for the Apple’s claims to be valid, they must be considered patentable despite any “prior art patent and printed publication cited.” In a detailed report, the agency said they did not.

This is just one in a long list of patent disputes and injunctions filed by and against Apple, as the smartphone and tablet market has exploded out in the past couple of years. Time will tell if Apple’s patents war will continue, but they’ve shown no sign of stopping.

 

Question: Do you think Apple will win its patent war?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.sopronyi Mike Sopronyi

    Wow, I guess all those WWE games couldn’t save THQ….

    • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.gale.3 Jesse Gale

      didnt help that WWE and THQ has a 10 year contract with eachother to make the WWE games, so yeah, thats a thing, THQ didnt have a choice after that contract was signed.

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