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