SOURCE: Worlds Inc.

Worlds Inc.

February 11, 2015 09:44 ET

Worlds Inc. Adds Two More Billion-Dollar Activision Games to Patent Infringement Suit

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2015) - Worlds Inc. (OTCBB: WDDD) has supplemented its claims in its patent infringement lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc.'s (Activision et al) to include two recently released Activision games: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor and Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare. Worlds believes these and other games that are part of Activision's multi-billion dollar franchise infringe upon the same Worlds' intellectual property. The amended claim can be found on the US Gov't Pacer website, www.pacer.gov/ (registration required).

"Approximately 20 years ago, Worlds developed the patented seminal technology that has been fundamental to the development of multiplayer online gaming into a $20-billion dollar industry," stated Thom Kidrin, CEO of Worlds Inc. "As our litigation proceeds through the legal system over the past three years, damages continue to mount substantially."

World's patents relate to computer architecture for three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems also known as Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG). The patented technologies are critical to enabling the MMORPG communities as they are known today. 

"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the #1 top-selling game of 2014 in the U.S. based on sales through November 2014, according to NPD Group," notes Activision's website. A Fortune Magazine's article on the success of the two games stated: "Michael Pachter, video game analyst at Wedbush Securities, estimates Advanced Warfare sold 12 million copies in week one. He forecasts Activision will sell 21 million copies of the new Call of Duty this year (2014), and an additional 2 to 3 million copies in 2015. That would equate to $1.26 billion in sales this year (2014) for the game." Activision's website also states, "Call of Duty has achieved approximately $4.2 billion life-to-date revenue and has an active global community of millions of players." 

Worlds anticipates a ruling will be forthcoming soon on the October 3, 2014 Markman Hearing before Judge Denise Casper in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

"The Court's construing of the claim construction is the next step in the litigation for our case prior to the court setting a trial date for our case, number 1:2012cv10576," stated Kidrin. "Our two-decade long history of developing this patented technology that has been invaluable to the development of the entertainment industry largest segment deserves to be protected. While proposed patent reforms look to eliminate suits by patent trolls who acquire patents simply to pursue litigation, we are proud that the technology we developed ourselves enjoys the protection that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization was created to protect. We look forward to having our day in court and protecting our intellectual property against continued infringement."

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 www.worlds.com.

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