T5 claims game streaming patent, OnLive says it has “no relevance whatsoever”

Wednesday, 16th February 2011 06:21 GMT By Nathan Grayson

Funny thing about big, all-encompassing patents: they leave a surprising amount of wiggle room. And if T5 Labs is right, OnLive may be about to learn that the hard way.

OnLive may have bagged the king of all game streaming patents last December, but T5 Labs is claiming its largely similar patent actually predates OnLive’s variation on the theme. The current tale of the tape sees OnLive’s patent originally popping up in December 2002, while T5′s got its start in March of the same year. Advantage: T5.

However, OnLive thinks T5′s got its head in the clouds in more ways than one, and claims that T5′s patent isn’t even in the same league as OnLive’s.

An OnLive rep explained the situation to Joystiq accordingly, saying that the company looked over T5′s patent and “saw no relevance whatsoever to OnLive and told [T5 head Graham Clemie] so. We are approached by people with irrelevant patents all the time. We are highly confident in our own patent portfolio, and have no further comment.”

T5, meanwhile, may end up running a legal procedure known as “interference,” which – if successful – would establish it as the original inventor of relevant streaming and cloud gaming tech instead of OnLive. For now, however, the company is “considering its legal rights.”



  1. back_up

    PC gamers are whiners they whine everywhere
    nobody cares about onlive it’s a failed product
    PS3 is the best system

    #1 4 years ago
  2. xino

    phs…what’s the point! OnLive is growing now, if they want to battle they better release their product now!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Sorvin

    #1 I only see you, a PS3 owner, whining all the time. You’re wasting valuable internet ink!

    #2 Maybe they just wanna license the technology out and not actually make a product themselves… worked for IBM with the PS3 and Xbox 360, they’re shoveling in cash no matter which console wins :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @1 You whine every thread about your PS3 superiority, which is… Not. :(

    #4 4 years ago
  5. back_up

    all pc gamers whine they are not pirates , which they are

    #5 4 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    @5, didn’t Pat warn you about being a cunt this morning already?

    What’s your native language so we can translate “cunt” for you? I suspect you don’t know what it means.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Dralen

    Pat, please ban him already. I can’t take this shit no more.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Kuwabara

    itsucks and sony_sucks are much worse. They need to be banned

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    I’m still calling bot shenanigans in regards to back_up. I’m not getting human intelligence from him at all, and most of what he has to say is regurgitated with a few words swapped around. I smell a cleverly programmed parrot, not a person.

    #9 4 years ago

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