Terra Novans, related to the Worlds.com patent story below, I thought you might be interested in Randy Farmer's blog posting today on the IMVU-Forterra "word balloon" patent lawsuit which came to a messy conclusion last year after a 2 year drama (and a full patent reexam by the USPTO). Both Randy and I worked on this case. All the documents were made public due to the reexam.
This case as well as the Worlds.com move are representative the sorry state of the IP/patent system and reflect the "corrupted" nature of business, government and general bad behavior throughout today's society (for which we are finally starting to pay the price).
Sigh... hoping for change in '009.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Randy!