Three days after kicking off its first litigation campaign with cases against Amazon and Comcast, Hertl Media LLC has sued Bitmovin (1:18-cv-00938), Cox Communications (1:18-cv-00939), Longtail Ad Solutions (1:18-cv-00940), Netflix (1:18-cv-00941), and Telestream (1:18-cv-00942). At issue is the same patent, generally related to multi-language buffering during media playback, with Hertl Media’s infringement allegations focused on multi-language accommodations in the parties’ respective streaming services. Hertl Media’s is one of multiple campaigns arising from the acquisition of former Nero AG patents by apparent affiliates of Bradley D. Liddle.
In April, RPXnoted the transfer of former Nero AG patents, each from a Delaware entity to a Texas entity in apparent preparation for litigation. Now, a second of those recipients, Hertl Media LLC, has indeed launched a campaign in Texas, suing Amazon (3:18-cv-01638) in the Northern District and Comcast (4:18-cv-02119) in the Southern District. The patent-in-suit generally relates to multi-language buffering during media playback, with Hertl Media’s infringement allegations focused on multi-language accommodations in the parties’ respective streaming services, both identified (in seeming error as to Comcast) as “Prime Video”. The first of those Texas entities to sue, Checksum Ventures LLC, did so in mid-May, with three more litigation campaigns likely on their way from affiliated entities.