Boston, MA, January 18, 2012 – Worlds Inc. (OTCBB: WDDD) today announced that it has been
issued patent no. 8,082,501 from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for patent application
no. 12/406,968 titled “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space.”
This is the fifth patent in Worlds’ intellectual property (IP) portfolio. The patent relates to computer
architecture for three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems.
Worlds believes it is particularly noteworthy that the USPTO issued this allowance after examining a large
number of references cited in a prior litigation involving predecessor patents with the same description as
the newly-issued patent, creating a strong presumption of validity of the claims contained in this new patent.
“Worlds is continuing to build a strong intellectual property portfolio which reflects Worlds pioneering
efforts beginning in 1994 to the 3D online community,” said Thom Kidrin, Worlds’ CEO. “We are very pleased with
this result particularly in light of the prior art submitted to the patent office in our settlement of the NC Soft
This patent is a continuation of US patents 6,219,045, 7,181,690, 7,493,558 and 7,945,856 issued to Worlds.com
(Worlds’ prior name) in 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2011, respectively, and bearing the same title. Worlds Inc. has three
additional patent continuations in process at the USPTO. Worlds believes there are currently parties infringing on
its patents and is discussing enforcement options with legal experts and patent law firms.
Mr. Kidrin noted, “As previously announced, this new patent, additional continuance claims in process, and all Worlds’
IP will remain within Worlds Inc. The company’s online operations, software assets and technology platform have been
spun off into its Worlds Online Inc. subsidiary, which we expect will be a separately trading stock on the OTC:BB
following the SEC’s review of a Form 10 registration statement for Worlds Online Inc.”
Following completion of the SEC’s review of Worlds Online’s registration statement, Worlds Inc. will distribute
dividend shares of Worlds Online to its shareholders of record at the close of business on May 16, 2011. Details
of the spin-off and dividend were announced on March 31, 2011 and can be viewed here: