Earlier this week we reported that Worlds.com, one of the early developers in the virtual worlds industry, had filed suit against NCsoft for patent violation. Worlds.com alleges that NCsoft is infringing on patent 7,181,690, "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space," which governs a system of architecture for 3D virtual worlds and MMOGs and what is displayed at any given time. If the suit and patent are upheld, it could put many other companies at risk of litigation as well. An NCsoft representative told the Korea Times that the company hadn't received court papers yet or analyzed the patent. It appears the company is preparing, though.
"We can't comment on potential litigation except to say that NCsoft takes all legal action seriously — even if the company believes a lawsuit has no merit," a representative told me via email. "We intend to defend ourselves vigorously."
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