Tag Archives: worlds.com
Tue, Apr 28, 2009 | 21:36 BST
Worlds.com has moved its lawsuit against NCsoft from Eastern Texas district court to Northern California, reports Patent Arcade.
As of May 4, the alleged infringements suit will be moved because the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that “limits the discretion available to a trial court to determine if a case should be dismissed if an adequate alternate forum exists.”
This means that the case has no ties to Texas, and since the patent was filed in California, it is a more appropriate area to convene the lawsuit.
Worlds.com filed suit against NCSoft back in January for alleged patent infringement on multiplayer virtual environments.
More through the link.
Wed, Mar 11, 2009 | 18:22 GMT
Worlds.com boss Thom Kidrin has told SAI that he’s “absolutely” going to sue Linden Lab and Blizzard over the fact they’ve created virtual worlds in Second Life and World of Warcraft.
Kidrin claims the idea of a scalable virtual world with thousands of users is his company’s patented IP, and has already sued NCsoft over the issue.
He said WoW and Second Life would his next targets, assuming his NCsoft case turns out favourably for Worlds.com.
There’s a heap of background on Kidrin’s patent through the link, should you feel the need.
Wed, Jan 07, 2009 | 22:18 GMT
In light of the recent lawsuit filed by Worlds.com, NCSoft told videogaming247 this afternoon that whilst it can’t comment on specific cases, it takes all legal action seriously and that the company intends to defend itself “vigorously”.
“We can’t comment on potential litigation except to say that NCsoft takes all legal action seriously – even if the company believes a lawsuit has no merit,” said the rep to VG247 today.
“We intend to defend ourselves vigorously.”
Worlds.com believes it has the patent on “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space,” meaning all games featuring online virtual worlds – namely MMOs – are under threat.
If successful, NCSoft could be the first in a long line of MMO publishers to be faced with comparative legal action as Worlds.com will be buoyed by any success it might have in or out of the courtroom and will most certainly soon be banging on Blizzard’s door.
By Mike Bowden
Mon, Jan 05, 2009 | 21:47 GMT
Worlds.com has filed a suit against NCSoft for alleged patent infringement on multiplayer virtual environments.
Worlds.com apparently has dibs on, “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space”, according to patent number 7,181,690, filed back in February 2008.
According to the company’s site, “Worlds.com is the pioneering platform in 3D virtual communities and rich immersive environments. Launching in 1994, Worlds leverages its patented proprietary technology in partnership with brand leaders in specific market segments to offer users multi-user environments that have interactive Avatars, rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, video and e-commerce.
Worlds.com is seeking damages from NCSoft, plus the assurance that it will not infringe its “Scalable Virtual World Chat Client-Server System” patent.
By Mike Bowden