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Press Release. March 10, 2009. Is Awarded Third “Virtual Worlds” Patent
Brookline, MA, March 10, 2009—General Patent Corporation, a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm announced today that its client,, Inc. (OTC BB:WDD), has been issued U.S. Patent No. 7,493,558… read more Hz divider
Technology Playground. Dec 30th, 2008. vs Virtual Worlds
Well, it is actually vs NCsoft but the Patents that was supposedly violated by NCsoft is broad and covers most of the Virtual Worlds out there… read more Hz divider
Virtual Worlds News. Dec 29th, 2008. v. NCsoft Update
Earlier today we reported that had filed a complaint against NCsoft for infringing on its patent for enabling users to interact in virtual spaces…
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BetaNews. Dec 29th, 2008.
Virtual worlds firm files IP suit on Christmas Eve, which launched its first 3D avatar environment back in the mid-90s, has retained an intellectual property law firm and has filed patent infringement suits Its first, against game developer NCsoft, was filed on Christmas Eve… read more Hz divider
Edge. Dec 29th, 2008.
NCsoft Sued for Patent Infringement
Mass.-based online company is suing NCsoft for infringing on a patent that seems to lay claim to fundamental aspects of MMO games…
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TechDirt. Dec 29th, 2008.
3D Virtual Worlds Patented! Lawsuits Started.
It seems that the ridiculous patent holders are trying to go out with a bang in 2008… read more Hz divider
ZDNet. Dec 29th 2008. patent litigation could ripple through virtual worlds.
Remember The 3D pioneer is still around and they’re ready to sue. In fact on Christmas Eve, the company sued NCSoft, for violating patent ‘690, a system and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space…
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The Register. Dec 22th, 2008.
City of Heroes fingered in MMO patent lawsuit
On Christmas Eve, South Korean game developer NCSoft received a lawsuit in its stocking from a Massachusetts firm that claims to hold an extremely broad patent for developing online virtual worlds… read more Hz divider
Massively—Daily News About MMO's. Dec 12th, 2008.
Patents threaten virtual worlds, MMOGs
Any person who "invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent," subject to the conditions and requirements of the law. So says the US Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO), citing the applicable statute… read more Hz divider
Virtual World News. December 11, 2008. Hires IP Firm for Licensing: To Begin Contacting Virtual World Companies "Shortly" and General Patent Corporation announced today that they had selected intellectual property law firm Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP (LDLKM) to enforce Worlds' patents. Together the two patents currently owned by Worlds describe what sounds like the underpinnings for a wide range of client/server-based 3D virtual worlds, according to the company, if not pretty much all of them. While GPC Chairman and CEO Alexander Poltorak told me that the companies don't have any specific targets in mind, products from Second Life to World of Warcraft could be affected… read more Hz divider
Virtual Worlds News. May, 2008.
Interview: CEO Thom Kidrin on Google, Mobile, and Updates
Interview: CEO Thom Kidrin on Google, Mobile, and Updates…
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Washington Post. Aug 20, 2008.
Virtual Worlds Get Real About Punishment
Virtual worlds have often been called the digital equivalent of the Wild West, where animated alter egos can live in a fantasy frontier. But in some of these universes, a sheriff has come to town… read more Hz divider
Gartner. April 24, 2007
80% of Internet Users in Virtual Worlds by 2011
By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.… read more Hz divider
Business Week. April, 2007
The Coming Virtual Web
Ever since Neal Stephenson published Snow Crash in 1992, the virtual world he described in his seminal dystopian novel has been the Holy Grail for a generation of tech whizzes. The metaverse, as Stephenson called it, was essentially the Internet… read more Hz divider
Rachel Konrad, The Associated Press
IBM to open islands in virtual world
Big Blue has developed 12 "virtual islands," and most will be open to anyone with a Second Life account starting next week. Other areas will remain private haunts for about 800 IBM employees — including the CEO — who have cyber alter-egos… read more Hz divider
Olga Kharif, The Associated Press
Intel, Raytheon, and other companies dabbling with 3D conferencing.
Intel, Raytheon, and other companies are dabbling in technology that enables 3D conferencing, but will employees take to avatar exchanges? Over the past year, Intel employees from Singapore, Israel, and the U.S. have convened via high-level computerized conferences, collaborating on such projects as product strategy and information-technology planning. But these are no ordinary…
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Reena Jana and Aili McConnon
Digital Suburbia
One recent evening, Amanda Rains, a mother of two college-age boys and the owner of 9mm Books, a small publishing company in San Francisco, was watching a streaming video of a Fox News (NWS) report on her computer. She was mesmerized… read more Hz divider