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Worlds.com Sues NCsoft

Posted Dec 29, 2008 by Keith Cross

Worlds.com Sues NCsoft

Virtual Worlds News has reported that Worlds.com is suing NCsoft for patent infringement pertaining to patents held by Worlds.com, specifically a patent tittled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual
Space."

On Christmas Eve, Worlds.com filed a complaint against NCsoft for infringing on its virtual world and MMO patent. Worlds.com, which was one of the early virtual world developers from the '90s, made waves earlier this month when it announced that it had selected an intellectual property firm to defend its two patents related to scaling virtual spaces and enabling users to interact and chat in 3D environments.

Specifically, the suit claims that NCsoft has infringed on patent 7,181,690, "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space" through its games, including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Dungeon Runners, Exteel, Guild Wars, Lineage, Lineage II, and Tablula Rasa.

The complaint seeks to recover damages for the infringement and asks that NCsoft be prevented from infringing on patent 690, which covers scaling. Based on NCsoft's headquarters in Austin as a source of the infringement, the complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

Read more here.

Read the complaint here.

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