Pokemon Go (the digital monster catching game which uses an augmented reality overlay) that launched in July 2016 has become one of the most downloaded games (100 million times in August 2016) and has netted $10 million in daily revenues despite being free to play.  The company obtains profits from selling geolocation data to marketers who want to know more about locations frequented by players.

The mobile-based gaming business is protected by the following 3 US patents:

  1. U.S. Patent No. 8968099System and Method for Transporting Virtual Objects in a Parallel Reality Game. It protects a computer-implemented method of transporting virtual objects in a virtual world having a geography that parallels real-world geography.
  2. U.S. Patent No. 9226106 Systems and Methods for Filtering Communication Within a Location-Based Game.  A computer-implemented method of filtering communications for a location-based game by receiving communication data for a plurality of players, filtering messages between players based on signals associated with each player and adjusting the filtered communication data for each player based on constraints associated with each player.
  3. U.S. Patent No. 9128789Executing Cross-Cutting Concerns for Client-Server Remote Procedure Calls.  A computer-implemented method which processes a source file defining a remote procedure call class specifying a plurality of remote procedure call (RPC) methods and then executing cross-cutting actions specified by decorator annotations contained within the source file in conjunction with executing RPC methods.

Source: http://buff.ly/2b5sfK5