Zynga, the developer of Mafia Wars and Farmville (and recent recipient of hundreds of millions of Google dollars),  has filed a patent application to make non-refundable cash-based in-game currency purchases the company’s exclusive right. The patent application is for forms of currency that cannot be “cashed-out”–thereby supposedly protecting it from online gambling regulations.

(Via Virtual Worlds News: Zynga Files Virtual Currency Patent.)

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