Patent suit against Activision proceeds

Suit claims infringement by World of Warcraft

A key hearing in the patent infringement case of Worlds Inc versus Activision Blizzard has been set for June 27, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Denise J Casper.

The suit claims that Blizzard's World of Warcraft game infringes on patents held by Worlds Inc. The hearing that has been set, referred to as a Markman hearing, is the key event in a patent case where the judge issues rulings regarding the language and interpretation of the patents at issue in the case. Worlds Inc's patents, if sustained, would apply to most MMO's on the market.

The Worlds Inc patents in question are U.S. patents numbers 8,082,501, 7,493,558, 7,945,856 and 7,181,690 titled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space." The patents are based around three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems; in other words, the core of most MMO's.

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JT QA, Rockstar Lincoln8 years ago
World of Warcraft has been online for 8 years.... and now there's a dispute?
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Andrew Animator 8 years ago
Looks like Worlds inc are trying to cash in on someone elses success. You don't see that often these days.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Andrew on 17th September 2012 9:08am

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 8 years ago
I heard that one before, didn't they go after NCsoft a few years back? The very same company, based on the very same patent?
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gi biz ;, 8 years ago
*Troll!! Troolll!!*
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James Battersby Senior Software Engineer, IUGO Mobile Entertainment8 years ago
The earliest of these patents was filed in 2007.... by which time most MMOs had started. How did this patent pass?
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lewis labram Environment Artist, Jagex Games Studio8 years ago
Could this extend to any 3d multiplayer game with a communication system? Wont these patents cover almost all online games? :/

If the Apple-Samsung patent row was won because "there was a patent filed" then surely this will be a pretty big problem for the industry?
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Josh Meier8 years ago
Patent trolling at its finest.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany8 years ago
Didn't we learned from the "Edge" BS? still more of this?

Pathetic greedy bast****!
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 8 years ago
"System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space."
So, every online game and social MMO ever then?! As previously mentioned, how does shit like this actually get granted? The whole patent system is a joke.

And as a side note, 'MMOs' shouldn't have an apostrophe in it.
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Christopher McCraken CEO/Production Director, Double Cluepon Software8 years ago
What everyone needs to hope for, and pray for right that Activision/Blizzard fight this one out to the bitter end, hope that they can get these patents re-examined and eventually killed. Should they settle, should they decide not to wage this battle, the MMO and Multiplayer market will be facing a serious, serious issue.
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