The Invention Science Fund I, LLC (Bellevue, WA)

A system and method that permits transactions to be conducted in virtual world environments. The user is able to participate in transactions that allow them to obtain virtual property and virtual rights. Some implementations allow real-world and virtual parties to take part in transactions that involve possible transfers or revocations for various kinds and kinds of rights and property virtual.

Virtual worlds often contain imaginary characters participating in fictional events, activities and transactions. There are educational, financial and entertainment benefits in creating new and challenging ways for providingparticipation transactions related to virtual world environments.

Methods and systems to acquire something that could be valuable in a virtual world described herein could take different forms. A computerized system may include several computer programs with processing instructions.

Certain system implementations for a possible future transfer include at least one computer device to create a virtual environment; and a first data record that indicates something in the virtual world that could be subject to a future transfer from a donor to a recipient, which future transfer is contingent upon being disqualified and a second record that specifies the requirements for revocation of a future transfer; and a controller module operably coupled to the one or more computers to help determine whether to implement the revocation of the transfer in accordance to the criteria for cancellation.

Certain of the methods described herein allow for future transfers in virtual worlds. This may include identifying a particular virtual object or right that can be transferred to a beneficiary party and establishing that the future transfer of this particular virtual object from the donor to the recipient is subject to revocation. Other advantages include the capability to perform a temporary transfer, and implementing that tentative transfer when triggered by a disqualification factor which involves the donor.

Some embodiments provide a method for cancelling a possible transfer in a virtual world, including enabling a virtual world patron or the character associated with it to be a donor party that is authorized to make a subsequent transfer of one or more specific virtual objects or rights virtual to a recipient, and providing confirmation of a necessary real-world or virtual world exclusion prior to the beginning of the next transfer. Other options include determining if the criteria for cancelling a future transfer have been set and completing the transfer the recipient in the event that the criteria are not established.

Certain embodiments are possible within computer program products which include program instructions to connect information in computer system. The method could include providing a virtual world environment that allows a donor to arrange a future transfer of an object virtual or a right to a person who is a recipient, and authorizing an initial transfer of the virtual object or virtual right to the recipient on the basis of a disqualification occurrence involving the donorparty, as well as making it possible to revoke the transfer in accordance with pertinent information indicating that the disqualification was removed or corrected, or remedied.

A computer program product can include computer-readable signal-bearing devices, which include an electronic storage medium, and/or a communications medium to encode the instructions.

An example process could be encoded onto signal transmission media as well as storage media in certain computer program embodiments. This is feasible for multiple virtual world users who can sign in at various locations. Other computer program productembodiments may have an exemplary process encoded on storage and/or signal transmission media capable of functional operation on localized computers available to each virtual world user.

Virtual environment transactions that are disclosed in this document may be made by various types of parties and/or entities dependent on the benefits that arise from the embodiments and their implementations.

The following drawings and descriptions will assist you in understanding the benefits, features and additional features of the preferred versions.

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