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General Patent Corporation Secures Third Virtual Space Patent for Worlds.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Suffern, NY -- General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that its client, Worlds.com, Inc. (OTC BB:WDD), has been issued U.S. Patent No. 7,493,558 titled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space."
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.
"Working with General Patent Corporation resulted in building a strong intellectual property portfolio for Worlds.com that reflects Worlds' pioneering contribution to online game technology," said Thom Kidrin, CEO of Worlds.com. "We are very pleased with the results so far."
The new '558 Patent, which is a continuation of U.S. Patent No. 7,181,690 (the '690 Patent), further expands the Worlds.com patent portfolio which is managed by General Patent Corporation. According to GPC, Worlds.com has another patent continuation in process at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the '690 Patent, and two more continuations are in the development stage. General Patent Corporation represents Worlds.com as its exclusive licensing agent.
"This Patent is a continuation of U.S. Patent No. 7,181,690 issued to Worlds.com in 2007 and bearing the same title," explained Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "This new patent significantly strengthens patent protection for the technology developed by Worlds.com."
The '690 Patent is the subject of a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Worlds.com against NCSoft Corp. of Austin, Texas. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Case 6:08-cv-00508) last year.
About Worlds.com, Inc.
Worlds.com, Inc. of Brookline, MA is a leader and pioneer in the development and delivery of 3D content and technology on the internet. Founded in 1994, Worlds utilizes its patented 3D technology in partnership with brand leaders in specific market segments to offer 3D multi-user environments that have interactive Avatars, rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, video and e-commerce. The 3D communities allow visitors to interact with each other, teleport throughout the Worlds environment, as well as participate in shared experiences. Besides partnering with existing content providers that have strong brands and an existing following, Worlds also encourages individuals to create their own virtual spaces, communities and unique Avatars with easy-to-use tools. Worlds was, and remains, true "social networking" well before the term became mainstream. For more information on Worlds, please visit www.worlds.com.
About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation (GPC), headquartered in Suffern, NY, is a premier intellectual property (IP) boutique focusing on patent licensing and patent enforcement, as well as IP strategy and IP valuation. GPC represents clients in assertive licensing and patent infringement matters on a contingency basis. GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the U.S. For more information on GPC, please visit www.generalpatent.com.
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