06910186 is referenced by 234 patents and cites 13 patents.

A new class of avatars (“organizational avatars”) created in accordance with the present invention holds a value or a significance independent from their use in a virtual environment, unlike the generic avatars whose value is limited to their being used in a chatroom. For example, an organizational avatar may be in the image of a trademark (which may be copyrighted), such as Mickey Mouse, Colonel Sanders, or Pikachu (a Pokemon character). The organizational avatars may represent certain organizations, typically the organizations that own trademark and/or copyright rights to the images used to form the avatars in virtual environments. Therefore, users of virtual environments can interface various companies by interacting with organizational avatars. Alternatively, organizational avatars may represent users independent of the organization, but under a contract with the organization that owns the image the avatars depict. By using organizational avatars, companies of all sizes can increase their interactivity with customers, advertise cost effectively, and promote a positive image for their products. Tiles are used to provide faster download of a chatroom's background. Tiles also allow rapid generation of a chatroom's background, eliminating the need to use a graphics editor.

Title
Graphic chatting with organizational avatars
Application Number
9/732628
Publication Number
6910186 (B2)
Application Date
December 8, 2000
Publication Date
June 21, 2005
Inventor
Kyunam Kim
Los Altos, 94024
CA, US
Agent
Joe Zheng
Assignee
Kyunam Kim
CA, US
IPC
G06F 003/00
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