Amazon (1:20-cv-00010) is the latest defendant in the campaign that MONKEYmedia, Inc. has been litigating in serial fashion over the past couple of years. MONKEYmedia asserts four patents, expired in April 2019, including three generally related to emphasizing or de-emphasizing certain content in a multimedia environment and a fourth, the most recent, broadly concerning streaming media on a “media player” through wireless communication with a remote server. The accused products are Amazon’s streaming video service, Fire devices, and video app, with infringement allegations focused on the provision of a “feature initially called X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows” through which users could “access optional expansion content” (e.g., “actor bios, videos, behind the scene info, trivia and other content”).
Roughly one year after the dismissal of an Eastern District of Texas case against Samsung over the same family of patents, MONKEYmedia, Inc. has filed suit against TiVo (3:19-cv-04610) in the Northern District of California. The asserted patents include the three in suit against Samsung, generally related to emphasizing or de-emphasizing certain content in a multimedia environment, and the most recent family member, broadly concerning streaming media on a “media player” through wireless communication with a remote server. The NPE accuses TiVo of infringement through the provision of TiVo mobile apps, TiVo software, and TiVo set-top boxes. MONKEYmedia has identified two nonparties having an interest in the outcome of its litigation against TiVo.
With a suit against Samsung (2:17-cv-00460), MONKEYmedia, Inc. has revived its multimedia content emphasis campaign (launched in 2010) and introduced two new patents to litigation. In a complaint filed on May 31, MONKEYmedia accuses Samsung of infringement through the provision of DVD and Blu-Ray players, smartphones and tablets, set-top and set-back streaming media players, and smart TVs (2:17-cv-00460). While one of the patents-in-suit (6,393,158) has been previously asserted in the campaign, against Apple, Sony, and seven movie studios, the other two (9,185,379; 9,247,226) are new to litigation. The filing against Samsung comes on the heels of the dismissal of the last remaining defendants in the campaign.