World of Warcraft patent lawsuit going to court

By Dave Cook
17 September 2012 08:12 GMT

World of Warcraft publisher Activision Blizzard is to appear in court next year over patent infringement claims by Worlds Inc. The lawsuit claims that Blizzard’s MMO infringes on several patents for MMO tech created by the company.

U.S. District Judge Denise J Casper has revealed that the case filed by Worlds Inc. will go to court on June 27th 2013. If victorious, the patents filed by Worlds Inc. would set a precedent for all MMOs, due to the company’s tech being used widespread in the genre.

GI.Biz reports that the patents in question have been filed in the States are numbered 8,082,501, 7,493,558, 7,945,856 and 7,181,69.

The patents come under the banner title “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space”, and relate to what the site is calling ‘ three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems’, which is the basis for most MMOs on the market today.

You can find out more about what this tech does and why it’s important to the MMO genre at the Worlds Inc. site here.

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