US Patent No: 8,187,067

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Automatic transformation of inventory items in a virtual universe

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An approach that automatically transforms an inventory item of an avatar that is online in a virtual universe without requiring manual changes is described. In one embodiment, there is an avatar locator component configured to locate an avatar that is online in the virtual universe. An inventory item transforming component is configured to automatically transform an inventory item associated with the located avatar that is visual, functional, security or linguistic in nature.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.SANTA MONICA, CA321

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hamilton,, II Rick A - 805 1395
O'Connell, Brian M - 512 820
Pickover, Clifford A Yorktown Heights, NY 501 2057
Walker, Keith R - 374 852

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ELITE AVATARS, LLC (1)
2006/0028,475 Persistent, immersible and extractable avatars 5 2004
 
HAWKINS, III, WILLIAM M. (1)
* 6,009,458 Networked computer game system with persistent playing objects 275 1996
 
KABAM, INC. (1)
* 6,745,236 Networked computer game system with persistent playing objects 92 1999
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX (ALSO TRADING AS SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.) (1)
* 6,270,416 Video game apparatus and method, and storage medium 15 1999
 
NINTENDO CO., LTD. (1)
* 2004/0163,133 Storing medium storing game program, game apparatus, action-range controlling method of game character 2 2004
 
TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (1)
6,397,080 Method and a device for use in a virtual environment 41 1999
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (2)
8,384,719 Avatar items and animations 1 2008
8,446,414 Programming APIS for an extensible avatar system 0 2008
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