Boston, MA, February 15, 2012 –
Worlds Inc. (OTCBB: WDDD) has received two “Notices of Allowance” from the
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for its patent applications numbered 13/083,504 and 12/406/970, both
titled “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space.” These are the sixth and seventh
patent allowances in Worlds’ intellectual property (IP) portfolio. The forthcoming patents relate to computer
architecture for three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world systems.
“Over the past two decades, Worlds developed numerous significant systems and methods relating to interaction in
virtual spaces that dramatically shaped the evolution of virtual worlds and continue to impact this market space
today,” said Thom Kidrin, Worlds’ CEO. “Each notice of allowance from the USPTO reaffirms our position as an
innovative ‘first-mover’ in this area. As each patent is granted, we significantly strengthen our intellectual
property (IP) portfolio and our patent protection for technology and processes developed by Worlds over the past
15+ years. We continue to believe that parties are infringing upon Worlds patents and are reviewing enforcement
options with IP legal counsel.”
Worlds believes it is particularly noteworthy that the USPTO issued these allowances 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.
These patent applications are continuations of US patents 6,219,045, 7,181,690, 7,493,558, 7,945,856 and 8,082,501
issued to Worlds.com (Worlds’ prior name) in 2001, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012 respectively, and bearing the same
title. Worlds Inc. has additional patent continuations in process at the USPTO.
As previously announced, these new patent allowances, 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 the Company expects 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: