September 6th, 2007 by Benjamin Duranske
Readers may recall that World of Warcraft operator Blizzard is involved in a suit with MDY Industries over the popular World of Warcraft automation program “WoW Glider” (recently renamed MMO Glider). MDY brought this lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that MDY does not violate Blizzard’s intellectual property rights by selling the Glider program. There’s a good summary of the case up to now over at Patent Arcade if you’re not already familar with it. So far, the filings have mainly been preliminary in nature, and most are about as interesting as… well, as leveling a WoW character without automation software.
The documents that are worth the click at this point are MDY’s amended complaint, Blizzard’s answer and counterclaims (adding MDY owner Michael Donnelly to the suit as a counterclaim defendant), and MDY and Donnelly’s answer to Blizzard’s counterclaims. Also potentially of interest to readers watching this case: a case management order has been entered setting January 25, 2008 as the close of discovery, and making dispositive motions due February 29, 2008. Finally, a protective order was just entered, which clears the way for sensitive discovery.
VB will continue to run only irregular updates on this case until it gets further into discovery and motion practice, at which point readers can expect more substantial coverage.
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