Beneficial is owned by Sheldon Goldberg, a Nevada lawyer who became one of the earliest well-known "patent trolls" after claiming he had patented tournament-style card games online. The Goldberg patent on a "network gaming system" became notorious when he started pursuing license fees from small gaming websites and was one of 10 patents featured in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Patent Busting Project" for "crimes against the public domain."

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