Activision-Blizzard Being Sued by Worlds for Patent Infringement

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 13 April 2012 18:32

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Since its release back in 2007, World of Warcraft is no doubt one of the well-known and popular games out there. Five years later, Activision-Blizzard (Blizzard being the company who made the game) is now being sued for patent infringement over their game. Also under fire is Activision's Call of Duty franchise, which apparently also infringes on Worlds, Inc.'s patents.

The patents in question are 8,082,501, 7,493,558, 7,945,856 and 7,181,690. They describe a method where users can interact in a virtual 3D world, side-by-side, and see the same things. Thom Kidrin, CEO of Worlds Inc. said,

"Worlds has been a key player in developing the technologies and methods relating to interaction in virtual space that have shaped the industry and enabled today's virtual worlds gaming environments to be so interactive and realistic. Each notice of allowance from the USPTO reaffirms our position as an innovative 'first-mover' in these areas. Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry. While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."

There are two things that I don't get about this: (1) Worlds' patent is dated for 2009, but World of Wacraft came out in 2007; and (2)WoW has been out for 5 years, and they're just now suing Activision-Blizzard? You can read more about the story here