On a strikingly unconventional note, Texas law firm McKool Smith is claiming the violation of a 1987 3D graphics patent that covers the display in 2D of a 3D image (think of Doom, Quake, and everything else!).

The law firm plans to target both game publishers and hardware manufacturers on its patent violation litigation. Among the big names already involved there is: Electronic Arts, Activision, Take Two, Ubisoft, Atari, THQ, Vivendi Universal, Sega, Square Enix, Tecmo, Lucasarts and Namco. While in the hardware side of the story we have other 19 companies including HP, Dell, IBM, Toshiba and Sony.