From The Escapist:
Worlds.com CEO Thom Kidrin is getting ready to sue the pants off every MMOG in existence, including World of Warcraft and Second Life, for infringing on what he claims is his company’s patented intellectual property: Scalable virtual worlds with thousands of users.
Worlds.com claims to hold a patent for the idea of virtual worlds that dates back to 1995 and that could quite literally apply to every 3-D online world currently in existence. In fact, Worlds.com has already taken one MMOG heavyweight to court: Korea-based NCsoft, the company behind games like Lineage and Guild Wars. And while legal expert Ben Buranske, contacted by Business Insider, says the wealth of “prior art” will make the case tough to prove, World.com’s court of choice, the Eastern District of Texas, is notorious for handing heavy damage awards to plaintiffs in cases like this. Nintendo was recently ordered to pay $21 million in damages after a jury in the district found the company had violated 12 patents relating to its controllers held by a small Texas company called Anascape.
Honestly, all I can imagine is a troll in a 3-piece suit, with a cell phone to his ear, saying, “Murray, do you want to do lunch or BE lunch?” Or is this going to be a new addition to The League of Cruelty
Seriously, how is it that plaintiffs get to pick the exact court in which to sue? No, no, we’re not going to fight you out in Antonica, you’ll have to come fight us in our swamp!