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Worlds.com Sues NCSoft for Virtual Worlds Patent Infringment

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2009 @ 2:42 a.m. PST

General Patent Corporation announced that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against NCSoft in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division on behalf of its client, Worlds.com.

Worlds.com, Inc., of Brookline, MA, owns US Patent No. 7,181,690 titled “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space” (the ‘690 Patent). The Patent relates to computer architecture for a three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world system. Such systems are utilized in Massive Multi-Player Online Games (MMORPG) of the type known as Graphical Multi-Dimension (GMUD) games, which provide a graphical representation of the player’s character (avatar) wherein movement of the character in virtual space alters what the character views.

General Patent Corporation has represented Worlds.com, Inc. since 2002 as its exclusive licensing agent.

“We had to protect our client’s intellectual property,” said Alexander Poltorak, GPC’s Chairman and CEO. “However, we welcome a dialog with NCSoft and other MMO game vendors.”

NCSoft Corp., a game developer with US offices in Austin, TX, is the purveyor of such games as City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Tabula Rasa, Lineage, and Lineage II, which have been identified in the complaint as infringing the Worlds’ Patent.

“We intend to vigorously enforce Worlds’ intellectual property rights and look forward to a speedy and amicable resolution of this matter,” said Stephen Roth of Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP, the lead counsel in the case.

“Worlds.com has been a pioneer in the field of Virtual Worlds since the early nineties,” stated Thom Kidrin, Worlds’ CEO. “We are pleased to see that the technology we developed is now widely used by MMO game developers. At the same time, we deserve a fair compensation for the use of our patented technology.”

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