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Discord Sued by Patent Troll

Last week brought bad news for gaming fans of the popular messaging platform, Discord. In a case filed on February 26, 2021, patent troll, Coretek Licensing, LLC. sued Discord, Inc., the company behind their popular eponymous messaging platform, Discord. In the lawsuit, Coretek alleges that the Discord platform has infringed upon multiple patents they own, specifically patents that cover wireless networking technology.

While most of the general public may not be familiar with the Discord name, Discord, Inc. has been around since 2015, and became famous due to the popularity of their messaging platform service, which has become an integral part of the video-gaming world. For the tech-savvy, the Discord platform is a must-have because its services include direct messaging, group messaging, video streaming, forum-like message channels, and voice channels-all for free. The development staff behind the Discord platform is also extremely active, known for consistently rolling out new features and platform updates often. Discord also allows users to create their own servers for free, which has become a must-have for serious Twitch streamers or any other gamers who want to create an online community where players can gather, message, and voice-chat for free.

As a result, if Coretek is successful in its claims, this could spell big trouble for the popular messaging platform, which supplies its services for free. On the other hand, with Discord being as popular as it is in the technology sector, this case could potentially reprise anti-patent troll sentiment again, which has died down in the wake of coronavirus.

Popular Discord platform for messaging has found itself the subject of multiple patent infringement claims brought against it by Coretek Licensing, LLC. Specifically, Coretek alleges:

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