Activision countersues Worlds Inc.

Call of Duty publisher files patent infringement lawsuit against Worlds Inc. and Worlds Online Inc. over "Worlds Player" software.

Activision Publishing has countersued Worlds Inc. and Worlds Online Inc. months after the latter claimed the Call of Duty publisher infringed on a patent it holds for online worlds.

Activision's countersuit claims that Worlds has infringed, and continues to infringe, U.S. Patent No. 6,014,145 and U.S. Patent No. 5,883,628, which relate to 3D worlds.

Patent No. 6,014,145 reads, "Navigation with optimum viewpoints in three-dimensional workspace interactive displays having three-dimensional objects with collision barriers," while Patent No. 5,883,628 covers "Climability: property for objects in 3-D virtual environments."

The contested product is Worlds Inc. software called "Worlds Player," which is a 3D content and technology platform.

Worlds Inc. originally filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, and Activision Publishing on March 30, 2012.

"Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," Worlds Inc. CEO Thom Kidrin said at the time. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."

That lawsuit, filed in Massachusetts, is pending.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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57 comments
telaros
telaros

patents are bullshit and only used to ensure monopolies and hopes of being able to abuse loopholes in outdated laws. It used to be to protect inventors from having their stuff stolen by big companies, but this has turned into a circus for some time now and laws need to be seriously updated to stop this abuse from going on with PATENT LAWSUITS.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

The basis of these lawsuits is too technical for me to understand.

Tzardok
Tzardok

Gosh the patent system is so outdated when it allows situations like this. I mean, even the original suit and the counter thereafter. Its hard to innovate when people have rights to "double-click" and things like this.

blackothh
blackothh

patents: dissolving free market since 1790

Divedude
Divedude

I have a patent on your Air you breath, all owes me your moneys. HAA HAA HAA HAAA.


I hope Activision wins.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

So When Two Assholes Sue Each Other, Would You Call That A Shit Storm?

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

As much as I sometimes hate on Activision when it comes to patent trolls like this I'm completely in their corner.

Talis12
Talis12

Sue Activision? Yeh, Good Luck with that!

Uangry
Uangry

CoD: Ghosts 11/10 Game of the Century, thats all that matters! Whoooooooooooo!!!!!

gplayer5
gplayer5

ahhh, patent trolls at their finest. This has been going on for quite some time, yet there's been almost no laws to curb this act. Any attempts to try and stop patent trolls have either failed or have had an extremely low success rate...

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

Stop buying same old repetitive FPS that doesnt innovate, this company is evil as fuck, maybe worse then Microsoft, fuck them, we want innovative games, example look how GTA changed and innovated in its own genre, modern FPS is money milking garbage

pip3dream
pip3dream

I don't understand this patent - doesn't every 3D game use 3d navigation?  i dont understand this.

pip3dream
pip3dream

how the heck are you going to sue ACTIVISION BLIZZARD.  I feel like Worlds Inc has no fucking clue what they just bit off.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

Thought maybe the P.C. streak was going to continue a little longer. Ahhh, good to see some good old-fashioned SUING going on!!

Zerot
Zerot

Please blizactivision the world is done you with you! Go die quietly in a ditch somewhere.

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

Patent trolls cannibalizing each other.

Ambivalist
Ambivalist

For some reason I initially read that headline as "Activision countersues whole world."

pvspartan36
pvspartan36

Activision is actually a good guy here. Worlds Inc. is clearly a patent troll. Thay patent things for the sole purpose of using them to sue other companies. So Activision counter-suing is basically them saying, "If you really want to try to enforce a stupid patent for unbelievably common interaction, you go right ahead, because we've got your number too." Maybe it'll be enough of a threat to get Worlds to shut up permanently.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

It's ridiculous you can even patent that kind of stuff.

Kunasha
Kunasha

So Patent No. 6,014,145 is a patent on good camera angles?

What the actual **** is going on here?

We have two companies suing each other with software patents for designs that are ridiculously obvious and have been around long before either of these patents were filed.

The USA truly has the dumbest laws in this area... ever.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

In other news...  EA hasn't taken over the world yet thank god.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Amusing, but I would argue that "Navigation with optimum viewpoints in three-dimensional workspace interactive displays having three-dimensional objects with collision barriers" and "Climability: property for objects in 3-D virtual environments" are obvious today and therefore not patentable.  

Reminds me of the lawsuit that Newegg won earlier this year against patent troll Soverain over its use of an online shopping cart.  The court ruled that Soverain's claims were "invalid for obviousness".

Yes, "obviousness" is a serious matter in the patent world.

Darthexodus
Darthexodus

Think you have an uphill struggle on your hands converting the record breaking pre orders. Would be nice to see them do something different but will never happen while Ted from accounts who only buys 2 games a year one of which is the new cod and another is the new FIFA. Cod was good starting to get a bi old now hopefully ghosts will shine a bit more seeing as its on the new consoles but we'll see

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@pip3dream Welcome to intellectual property, if you can think of it first, you must own it.  I mean, I guess?  I don't understand how something so counter productive is the norm these days.  Patent clerks/offices keep popping up in corrupt politics articles too.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@Zerot *look at numbers on vgchartz*

...

I'm ... sorry to inform you that ... Activision is very far from dying. I'm also very sorry for ruining your dream, but you might want to choose to drfeam about something that is ACTUALLY going to change your life.

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

@pvspartan36 There's are more than a few companies whose sole existence is just patent trolling. It should be illegal.

Zerot
Zerot

@pvspartan36 yeah their a counter troll just like the minecraft devs that said if the bethesda could beat him in a quake tourny he would change the name of the game.... or is minecraft notch just a counter, counter troll?      depends how smart you really are!.


Hekteur
Hekteur

@Kunasha Patents are a lot more complicated then that and you shouldn't guess a patent based on its name alone. A patent is even more complicated than an insurance contract. It might be as complicated and specific as a very precise functionality implemented in camera control or in computer controlled camera. If I'm correct, it's possible for the public to consult any documented registered  patents so go ahead! Take one and try to decipher what it is exactly.

gplayer5
gplayer5

@Kunasha You have no idea. I have to live in the US. You should look at the health care bill the government passed. You think you've seen ridiculous laws now, just wait until you see that... lol.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@vadagar1 You don't want to live in a world where the average Joe can't make a single dime over one of his creation just because all of the big companies can just rapidly mass product any interesting discovery. The patent laws are trying to protect whoever make a relevant discovery from getting his idea stolent. It's not as simple as just "sharing stuff".

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@vadagar1 Because that would be conducive to innovation and progression.  The kind that doesn't pay Bobby 69 million for a single year of sitting on his ass like some Trump wanna-be.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@TheWatcher000 @Uangry I'm fairly certain that was sarcasm (re: OP).

...or trolling -- make that "successful trolling."

Hekteur
Hekteur

@TheWatcher000 @Uangry so, instead of following the "bandwagon", like a sheep, he should follow YOUR opinion, which is based on the biggest trend on the globe: "activision hate" and... follow the herd... like a sheep. The fact that he plays the games he wants NO MATTER what people say isn't what makes him a sheep. If he did change his mind based on that powerful argument of your, that would have been following a trend for absolutely no reason.

You poor, poor sheep.

... couldn't even type that last sentence right.

blackothh
blackothh

@Darthexodus not his fault that the swarms of cod zombies dont have good tastes in games.

Tzardok
Tzardok

@Hekteur @Zerot Well, we can always make a game where we can trash Activision, EA, Microsoft or Sony, just a fan service you know? =)

I mean this is what we do in my country, you see, soccer is a pretty important/religious even here. So when an opposing team wins in real life, some dudes that had nothing better to do would angrily play FIFA and chose their team against the opponent and then change the real life result in the virtual environment to their favor.

While this is pretty stupid/simple, its a fantastic stress relief if you care enough about a certain topic. Heck, even Activision could get a kudos if they had a secret map in CoD that took place in their office, make it something like the airport level in MW2, make the board of directors an end-level target or something. I mean, if they did a level were killing 100s of innocent bystanders is ok, then I am sure they wouldn't mind such a fictional map on their own environment, right?  

Me? I care nothing for soccer (must be the only one in my country, lol) I rather play a round of Dynasty Warriors when angry and beat the crap of everybody there. I feel so much better afterwards.

Tzardok
Tzardok

@blackothh @Darthexodus Thats an opinion sure, while I have no love for CoD games and proudly have not bought MW3 to this date (or any other CoD after MW2), effectively breaking a trilogy (voting with my wallet) is a challenge to me, I wonder what else can you do with an FPS game? I think the genre is stale and as easy to maneuver as a brick during mid-throw. I would criticize CoD a lot, personally I prefer Battlefield as it gives me more strategic options, but aside from the scale, the game structure is rather similar to one another.

What type of innovation are you looking for? (honest question).