Court Allows Worlds Inc. to Proceed With Patent Infringement Case
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/14/14 -- Judge Denise Casper
issued a ruling March 13, 2014 on the Motion for Summary Judgment
(MSJ) hearing that allows World's Inc. (OTCBB: WDDD) to proceed with
its patent infringement suit against Activision Blizzard, Inc.,
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc.'s
(Activision). The MSJ hearing held October 17, 2013 addressed
Activision's dispute of Worlds Inc.'s November 1995 patent priority
date. The court did not dismiss the case as requested by Activision.
In fact, the ruling stated, "The Court declines to enter judgment in
Defendants' (Activision) favor at this time." Moreover, the court
upheld the validity of the patents by ruling; "Indeed, nothing about
the Court's order prevents Worlds from asserting infringement from
the date of the certificate going forward."
Judge Casper's ruling prevents Worlds Inc. from pursuing damages for
the period prior to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO)
issuance of Certificates of Correction on September 24, 2013 that
amended Worlds' 6,219,045 and 7,181,790 patents to include
comprehensive priority information, which specifically references
Worlds' November 1995 provisional patent application and confirms
World's 1995 priority date.
"Activision released the multi-player game Call of Duty(R): Ghosts
after the USPTO issued Certificates of Correction and the game has
generated over $1.6 billion in revenue to date, more than $1 billion
in the first day of sales alone," stated Thom Kidrin, CEO of Worlds
The recent Federal Court ruling upholds Worlds' patents as of the
date of the Certificates of Correction through the life of the
patents at issue. Susman Godfrey, World's legal counsel, is
aggressively moving toward securing a Markman date and an eventual
Kidrin added, "We believe in the validity of Worlds' intellectual
property portfolio and, now that we have received an MSJ court
ruling, we will continue work with Susman Godfrey to pursue the
litigation against Activision per the court's allowance."
In March 2012, Worlds sued Activision in federal court for infringing
patents that are based on Worlds' November 1995 provisional patent
More information on the lawsuit and Worlds' patents can be found on
the Worlds Inc. website at http://www.worlds.com.
About Worlds Inc.:
Worlds Inc. (OTCBB: WDDD) developed software and
related technology for the creation of interactive three-dimensional
(3D) Internet environments encompassing massively multiplayer online
role-playing games (MMORPG). The company's technologies are designed
for large-scale communities of simultaneous online users, who
interact within online interactive 3D virtual worlds. Worlds intends
to monetize its patent portfolio through enforcement, licensing and
royalties of its patented technologies. For more information, visit
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