CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Netflix, Verizon, and More

March 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Patent licensing company Marathon Patent Group's wholly-owned subsidiary CRFD Research Inc. has filed five separate patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against TV and movie streaming services Hulu Netflix and Amazon (we assume for Prime); music streaming service Spotify; and Verizon.

The company, which most would deem a "patent troll" (because it does not produce a product, but holds a number licenses for patents and uses them for litigation or settlements) claims that the aforementioned companies are violating U.S. Patent numbers 7,191,233, entitled "System for automated, mid-session, user-directed, device-to-device session transfer system," and U.S. Patent numbers 7,574,486, entitled "Web Page Content Translator."

The announcement was made today by the firm's legal counsel, Alexandria, Virginia-based Mishcon de Reya New York LLP.

"We are excited to continue our aggressive support of CRFD and Marathon in the protection of their intellectual property rights," said Mark Raskin, head of the patent litigation group at Mishcon de Reya New York LLP in a statement accompanying the release.

We will have more on this story as it develops.


Comments

Re: CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against ...

After reading the patents they *should* be easily defeated, as they were things being done in the late 90s.

Re: CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against ...

New patent troll rule: If you take a patent to court against people actively using it while you aren't doing jack squat with it and lose, you take a shot to the kneecap. This adds one for each defendant in a suit also, so if you sue 5 people you get 5 shots.

Re: CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against ...

CRFD: Continuing society's advancement towards the elimination of software patents.

Re: CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against ...

I feel much better knowing that this patent troll is excited to be a leach on innovation and the economy.

Re: CRFD Research Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against ...

I guess it is better to be excited then angry and bitter.    Imagine what these trolls could do if their motives turned from profit to, say, luddistism.

 
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