Zynga’s patent problems deepen

The Facebook gaming king was sued for patent violation by Segan LLC earlier this month, and now Bloomberg reports that Zynga is the subject of further litigation. The complainant this time is Agincourt Gaming, alleging that Zynga is in violation of patents covering “credit-based online gaming and a prize redemption system based on the outcome of gameplay.” Bill Carmody, senior partner at Agincourt’s lawyers Susman Godfrey, said: “Agincourt’s patents cover the most lucrative aspects of online social gaming – including those comprising the bulk of Zynga’s revenues – as they contain the crucial ‘link’ that allows for global, interactive prize redemption over the internet.” Agincourt seeks unspecified damages and an injunction; looks like Zynga has another battle on its hands.