It's been a little over a year since Worlds.com went after NCsoft
in a lawsuit citing patent infringement. Worlds.com
alleged that NCsoft
violated patents for scalable chat as well as a system of interacting in a virtual space, and the battle was on. Now, 16 months after it began, the matter is settled -- literally.
Virtual Worlds News reported this morning
that the lawsuit has been dismissed due to a settlement between the two parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential as are the reasons behind it, but it may well be that Worlds.com
president and sole full-time employee Thomas Kidrin has simply exhausted his resources. Kidrin was recently quoted as saying "if we do not develop any new projects, we would have to severely diminish our operations or halt them entirely,"
so going toe-to-toe with NCsoft
was a pretty ambitious project.