Progme Corporation has filed a new suit against Alphabet (Google) (2:18-cv-11728), even as the cases—and the patent—in its existing campaign hit considerable snags. The patent generally relates to generating hyperlinks that permit a viewer to print or capture content related to video material. Progme accuses Google of infringement through the provision of software development kits and/or applications for its Android system that “generat[e] and/or encod[e] one or more print() or println() statements of the PrintWriter method” mentioned in code that the NPE includes in its complaint. Progme’s other cases, filed against Comcast (in November 2015) and Twenty-First Century Fox (in April 2018), appear in turmoil, as local counsel in the first has withdrawn because the plaintiff (and the attorney controlling it) have failed to follow advice given and as the defendants in the latter have moved for a stay in light of ex parte reexamination and reissue proceedings before the USPTO.
An inventor-controlled NPE sued 15 companies for alleged patent infringement, including Amazon, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, HP, Hulu, NBC Universal, Netflix, Samsung, The Walt Disney Company, The Weather Channel, and Time Warner Cable (2:15-cv-13935). In a single ninety-nine page complaint, Progme Corporation accuses the defendants’ Java servlets of infringing a patent (8,713,425) that generally concerns hyperlinking and printing hyperlinked content related to TV and radio programming. Michigan attorney David Anthony Reams is the sole inventor named on the patent, and he is also Progme’s counsel and president. This infringement suit is the first filed by Progme and the first to assert the ‘425 patent. The application from which the ‘425 patent issued is a continuation-in-part of a continuation-in-part of an application filed in April 2001 (and subsequently abandoned).
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