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Magic: The Gathering Online developer faces claims of patent infringement

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Wildcat Intellectual Property Holdings, the company behind online trading card game Unit Commander, is claiming that Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro and the developer of Magic: The Gathering Online, violated its electronic trading-card patent.

The Unit Commander developer claim that by releasing Magic: The Gathering Online, Wizards infringed on at least seven aspects of Wildcat's Electronic Trading Card patent.

In a claim filed in Federal Court, Wildcat claims "...infringements by Wizards include, without limitation, making, using, selling, hosting, and/or providing access to within the United States, and/or importing into the United States, at least Wizards' Magic: The Gathering Online game, infringing one or more claims of the '216 Patent."

The claim continues: "Wizards knew or should have known that the Magic: The Gathering Online game would induce infringement by its customers."

Wildcat seeks injunctive relief to stop the alleged infringing activity.

Aside from publishing Magic: The Gathering Online, Wizards has also published Dungeons and Dragons and the Pokemon Trading Card Game.