Yahoo, Xfire settle lawsuit

Yearlong dispute over patents used in Yahoo Messenger resolved outside of court.

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A little over a year ago, Internet giant Yahoo filed suit against Xfire, alleging that its gamer chat program infringed on patents used in the company's Yahoo Messenger instant message service. The two parties spent most of the year winding through the legal process, until in November, both sides asked for a delay in the proceedings so that they could make another attempt at coming to a settlement among themselves.

Today an Xfire representative confirmed for GameSpot that those efforts were successful and the lawsuit has been settled. The confirmation included no details about the settlement.

The Yahoo patent was granted to two former Yahoo employees, Brian Gottlieb and Chris Kirmse, in March of 2004. After his tenure at Yahoo ended, Kirmse transitioned to Xfire, becoming its vice president of engineering. Yahoo claimed that after Kirmse joined Xfire, he "began to develop, test, and offer instant messenger 'client' software and a messenger server that, when operated with game servers, offers the capabilities of [Yahoo Messenger]."

Discussion

26 comments
neutralx2
neutralx2

Glad to hear this, I use xfire all the time.

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

About friggin time. This happened so long ago i thought it was done with already. And didnt Yahoo want to buy Xfire at some point?

steveallen3112
steveallen3112

Sounds to me like Yahoo was just Jealous that their guy joined Xfire. I dont know one person who uses Yahoo messenger, i tried it a few months back and it sucks.

southy787
southy787

It makes some of my games crash as well, also, how come hitman90 spams? Ban im!

1109
1109

xfire makes some games crash for me.. o_

The_Daw
The_Daw

I remember signing an xfire petition way back in August

molivers7
molivers7

I am going to sleep better tonite?!?

azizrulez
azizrulez

yeah yahoo is crap xfire is much better for gamers

boolow407
boolow407

Ive caught a few viruses, I suspect using messengers like yahoo and msn.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Hrd to believe that lawsuit as goneon this long. Just goes to show that big business will not always crush th little guy.

Reetesh
Reetesh

tleast Now we can Enjoy playing without fear of Such a great thing shutting down or Made bad by Ads(due the money loss in Case)

GyRo567
GyRo567

I still don't like Yahoo! after hearing about this like 6 months ago.

shinakuma_2
shinakuma_2

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OmegaBob
OmegaBob

Heh! Isnt this old news as it was announced on Xfires site a few days/weeks ago?

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Well. . . if he held the patents, he is allowed to use them

Bruin4ev3r1520
Bruin4ev3r1520

That was a whole year ago? didnt seem that long to me.

prvtTucker
prvtTucker

mmhmm.. I hate yahoo they dont give us mac users any cool features.

Kiith_Somtaaw
Kiith_Somtaaw

In agree with dante90b comment. Xfire! > Bahoo! LOL!

dante90b
dante90b

i have never heard of this case. but who cares yahoo sucks and xfire rules.

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

Don't use it, it has ip protection. It's very easy to get virus's & crap from other users, they just click & go :/. -- The chats are even worse. Anyways, I neither heard of this case :o.

mikey050591
mikey050591

i have never even heard of that case, but i dont use yahoo messenger anyways