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OnLive Claims Patent for Cloud-Based Gaming

OnLive is claiming that it has been awarded a U.S. patent, originally filed in December 2002 by the company's chief executive Steve Perlman, which covers an "apparatus and method for wireless video gaming" (via VentureBeat).

"It is a landmark patent," said Envisioneering Group analyst Richard Doherty. "Perlman's patent is based on real-world, not speculation as so many are. And because 'gaming' is both broad and popular - it will likely see many rich media social gaming companies and services wanting to license it to find any differentiation."

OnLive recently introduced a $10 per month unlimited gaming plan--though some newer games are not included in the unlimited play--and has begun shipping its $99 MicroConsole, which connects to HDMI displays and comes with a controller for playing OnLive games away from your computer.

This could have serious implications for other cloud-based gaming services, including David Perry's Gaikai, but we will have to wait and see how it all shakes out and if anyone will be going to court over this patent.