Blockbuster and Netflix 1, rental queue patent holder 0

gavelGood news in the lawsuit against Netflix and Blockbuster; the legal system for the great state of California has judged that the rental queue patent was not violated!

This is one of those patents that some people find to be, well, kind of ridiculous. Luckily, the judge agreed, and dismissed the case against Blockbuster and Netflix. The patent covered a method for letting users know that their status queue has been updated. Blockbuster and Netflix both provide this information, however their method of notification doesn’t infringe on the patent. This is kind of a bummer for Gamefly, since they settled out of court with the same patent holder a while back.

[via Techdirt and Slashdot]