Automatic transformation of inventory items in a virtual universe

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8187067
APP PUB NO 20090312080A1
SERIAL NO

12139303

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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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ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.SANTA MONICA, CA357

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hamilton,, II Rick A Charlottesville, US 717 3417
O'Connell, Brian M Cary, US 403 2183
Pickover, Clifford A Yorktown Heights, US 544 3644
Walker, Keith R Austin, US 269 2013

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NINTENDO CO., LTD. (1)
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TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL) (1)
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ELITE AVATARS, LLC (1)
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HAWKINS, III, WILLIAM M. (1)
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AFTERSHOCK SERVICES, INC. (1)
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KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX (ALSO AS SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.) (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (5)
8384719 Avatar items and animations 4 2008
* 2010/0026,698 AVATAR ITEMS AND ANIMATIONS 5 2008
* 2010/0035,692 AVATAR CLOSET/ GAME AWARDED AVATAR 11 2008
8446414 Programming APIS for an extensible avatar system 0 2008
* 2010/0009,747 Programming APIS for an Extensible Avatar System 16 2008
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (1)
* 2010/0023,885 SYSTEM FOR EDITING AN AVATAR 4 2008
* Cited By Examiner

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