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Virtual Worlds Driving New Real World IP Questions

Law360 (September 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The popularity of virtual worlds is booming. And with a proportionate supply of knockoff clothing, cars, jewelry and other goods for these computer-based universes, as well as the availability of innovative avatar scripts, it is only a matter of time before the number of related intellectual property disputes begins to soar in the real world, attorneys say.

As these programs start breaking into the mainstream — with expectations that they will draw a billion users over the next decade — legal experts await an inevitable onset of litigation over trademarks, copyrights and patents that, their owners will claim, deserve protection in...

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