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Earlier this week we reported that Worlds.com filed a lawsuit against NCsoft, alleging that the MMO developer was infringing on one of its patents. Now a new press release from Worlds.com's patent enforcement firm hints that they may be going after other game developers and publishers over the same patent.
General Patent Corporation claims in its press release that NCsoft violated US Patent No.7,181,690 titled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space" The patent was first filed in 2000 and approved in 2007 but as we have reported earlier this week MMO games such as Ultima Online and Everquest were already in place before Worlds.com filed its patent. Worlds.com's CEO Thom Kidrin states in the press release, "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."
That statement strongly hints that this first move against NCsoft may be just the beginning of a series of lawsuits against other MMO publishers.Our sister site Massively has posted up an article that examines the chances of Worlds.com winning the lawsuit and the consequences if they succeed. NCsoft has yet to officially respond to the lawsuit.
|Категория: General articles | Добавил: Khazad (28.07.2009) | Автор: Dec 31st 2008 John Callaham|
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