Following a June dismissal in its prior case, against Grande Communications, Multimedia Content Management LLC has filed a new lawsuit, against DISH Network (6:18-cv-00207), over patents that the NPE received in October 2017 from Catonian IP Management, LLC, an affiliate of monetization firm IP Valuation Partners LLC (IPVal). Catonian IP asserted the same two patents last year against the subscription and pay-per-view services of cable providers Altice (Cequel Communications) and Charter Communications (Time Warner Cable). The patents generally relate to regulating access to distributed content on a network, with infringement allegations against DISH likewise trained on “TV and video-on-demand (‘VOD’) products and services, including network-related services that involve a data center and media devices, such as, but not limited to, the Hopper 3 DVR with Joey receivers”.
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NPEs affiliated with IP Valuation Partners LLC (IPVal) have filed the patent monetization firm’s fourth and fifth new litigation campaigns of 2017. Catonian IP Management, LLC has asserted two patents (8,799,468; 9,465,925), generally related to regulating access to a “service provider network”, against the subscription and pay-per-view services of cable providers Altice (Cequel Communications) (2:17-cv-00190) and Charter Communications (Time Warner Cable) (2:17-cv-00191). Two days earlier, IPVal affiliate FigureFun LLC filed a case (2:17-cv-00182) against LEGO Systems and Warner Bros International Television, asserting two patents (7,001,276; 7,338,377) generally related to a gaming server and a gaming token with a built-in chip, respectively. The accused product in FigureFun’s suit is the Lego Dimensions toy set, which contains a base that includes an RFID chip.