Ontario based web services company Treehouse is planning to sue Turbine for patent violation in Dungeons and Dragons online and Lord of the Rings Online.
According to Treehouse, Turbine's games Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online violate the patent for the "Method and System For Presenting Data Over A Network Based On Network User Choices And Collecting Real-Time Data Related To Said Choices," or 858 patent as it is more easily referred to.
Dungeons and Dragons Online launched in 2006, while Lord of the Rings Online launched in 2007. The patent in question was awarded to Treehouse in May 2012, and despite the fact that both games were released well before Treehouse gained the patent, the company still plans to sue Turbine.
Treehouse claims that both games violate the 858 patent due to the fact that they tally "the number of times the selected character attribute(s) have been selected by users of the game."
GamePolitics reports that Treehouse is seeking "permanent injunction enjoining Turbine with its respective officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and all persons in active concert and participation with any of them who receive actual notice of the order by personal service or otherwise, from infringing the '858 patent;' an "award of damages adequate to compensate Treehouse for the infringement by Turbine along with pre-judgment and post-judgment interest;" and "reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses."