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Worlds Responds to Bungie Inter Partes Review Petition With the USPTO Patent Trial & Appeal Board

74 Days ago

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Mar 16, 2016) -  Worlds Inc. (OTCQB: WDDD) has filed replies to the six Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) instituted by the United States Patent & Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the request of petitioner Bungie Inc. The Worlds patents subject to the IPRs are also at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Worlds against Activision Blizzard Inc. et al. According to the LA Times, Bungie Inc. has a multi-year contract with Activision and Activision has a seat on Bungie's board of Directors.

"We believe Bungie Inc. is a related party of interest to Activision in this matter and is acting as an Activision proxy since Activision is time barred from filing an IPR against Worlds," stated Thom Kidrin, CEO of Worlds Inc. "Nevertheless, we have addressed all the invalidity contentions raised by Bungie in their petitions. We believe we have overcome these challenges and will be successful in upholding the validity of our patents."

Oral hearings are scheduled before the PTAB on August 10, 2016, with a ruling expected by Nov. 30. Attorney Wayne M. Helge of Davidson, Berquist, Jackson & Gowdey, LLP represents Worlds before the PTAB. DBJ+G ranked as one of the top 15 law firms or corporate legal departments measured by the number of representations in IPR, Covered Business Method, and Post-Grant Review proceedings before PTAB in 2015. Docket Navigator's 2015 Year in Review identified Helge as a top 10 attorney in the PTAB.

"A positive ruling on the IPR by the USPTO will enable Worlds to move forward in our federal patent litigation against Activision Blizzard," Kidrin explained. "We have been patiently awaiting moving forward since the Markman ruling favorable to Worlds Inc. in the Activision litigation that was issued in June 2015."

More information on the lawsuit and Worlds' patents can be found on the Worlds.com website.

About Worlds Inc.:
Worlds Inc. is a leading intellectual property developer and licensee of patents related to 3D online virtual worlds. The Company has a portfolio of 7 US patents for multi-server technology for 3D applications. The earliest of these patents issued on an application filed November 12, 1996. A provisional patent application, serial number 60/020,296, was filed on November 13, 1995. These patents are related to each other and disclose and claim systems and methods for enabling users to interact in a virtual space. Visit www.Worlds.com.

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