BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper has established a schedule for upcoming hearings and other case deadlines in Worlds Inc. (OTCBB: WDDD) vs. Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. (Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al) in Civil Action No, 1:12-CV-10576(DJC), a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Worlds Inc. on March 30, 2012 in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The patent claim construction hearing, also called a Markman hearing, is set for June 27, 2013, at which time the judge will be asked to issue rulings regarding the language and interpretation of the Worlds patents at issue in the case. Markman hearings are considered a critical event in a patent lawsuit. The Markman ruling will define the property rights for the technologies that Worlds has invented and has the right to exclusively practice. The court's Markman hearing decisions will drive and inform many aspects of the litigation.
"We are committed to protecting our patented innovations and are pleased to have established the scheduling dates for moving forward in the enforcement of our patents," stated Thom Kidrin, Chairman and CEO of Worlds Inc. "We look forward to showing the court and jury how Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. have infringed upon our technology innovations despite the legal patent protections that we have expended a great deal of time and capital to secure. This firm timeline means that we will get our day in court."
Worlds Inc. brought this action because past and current products of Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al infringe several Worlds patents related to computer architecture for three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems, which represent a body of intellectual property that Worlds pioneered in 1994. Worlds' lawsuit seeks monetary damages from Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al as well as a permanent injunction barring the manufacture and sale of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. infringing devices. Additionally, the complaint accuses Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. of willfully infringing and seeks an award of exemplary damages, attorneys' fees and related court costs.
Max L Tribble, lead counsel of Susman Godfrey L.L.P, will be lead counsel for Worlds in the suit. Tribble has an extensive track record of patent infringement lawsuit wins and settlements for plaintiffs in lawsuits against large corporations, including: Paltalk v. Microsoft; Mass Engineered Design v. Ergotron & Dell, et al; Sky Technologies v. Oracle; and Sky Technologies v. IBM.
Worlds Inc. owns US Patents 6,219,045; 7,181,690; 7,493,558; 7,945,856; 8,082,501; 8,145,998 & 8,161,385, titled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space." These patents relate to computer architecture for three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems. Such systems are utilized in Massive Multi-Player Online Games (MMORPG).
More information on the case and patents can be found on the Worlds Inc. website at http://www.Worlds.com.
About Worlds Inc.:
Worlds Inc. (f.k.a. Worlds.com Inc.) was founded in 1994 and utilizes its patented 3D technology in partnership with brand leaders in specific market segments to offer 3D multi-user environments, known as "virtual worlds," 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.
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