Eric Heimburg at Elder Game is pissed at SOE. And not for the usual "you broke my SWG" topic.
Are you kidding me, SOE? You guys are a huge bunch of pricks. You patented my technique. I know you guys have a long history of basically using money to destroy competition, because hey, you have money, why not?
Because it’s wrong, and you guys are shit, that’s why.
To be fair, patent trolling is not limited to SOE, but that still doesn't excuse the practice of predatory legal wrangling. I am reminded of one game industry figure who was inordinately proud of the fact that he was able to file a trademark on "alternate Earth", thus possibly shutting down, among other things, Harry Turtledove's entire career.