A patent lawsuit has caused a stir for Pokémon Go players in Taiwan. Wang Hsin, former senior manager of legal affairs at HTC, has sued Niantic Labs – developer of Pokémon Go – for infringing his patent titled “Online game in real world” ( TWI300720) through its earlier game, Ingress. The English abstract for the patent reads:
“Combine wireless internet or intranet with global positioning system to make a mobile device able to send positioning data and other data by wireless environment to mainframe server. The mainframe server can perform many programs that require positioning data, such as online game, traveling and shopping service, and online localization mission resolving, etc. By this way the mainframe server can interact with mobile device or one mobile device can interact with the other mobile device for different program function.”
Having won cases for HTC against Apple in the past, Wang hopes to achieve similar success with this case at Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Court. Read more here.