However, Activision is not the only party currently engaged with Worlds. Bungie filed five Inter Partes Review requests with the USPTO in May and June of this year arguing that the same Worlds' patents asserted against Activision were invalid. The five patents are:
The USPTO has now issued decisions instituting each of the IPRs. That is, the USPTO has determined that Bungie has demonstrated a "reasonable likelihood" that they would prevail on at least one of the claims challenged in each patent.
For example, in the decision regarding the '501 patent, the USPTO stated that Bungie had shown that the claims were either anticipated or obvious over several documents, including a patent from 1993 that was seen to disclose all the limitations recited in the independent claims.
One issue raised by Worlds in response to the IPRs was that Activision was an unnamed real party in interest due to Bungie's collaboration with Activision on Destiny. This could have led to dismissal of the IPR requests as improper. However, Worlds did not convince the USPTO that Activision had control over the proceedings.
For reference, claim 1 of the '501 patent recites:
1. A method for enabling a first user to interact with other users in a virtual space, each user of the first user and the other users being associated with a three dimensional avatar representing said each user in the virtual space, the method comprising the steps of: