Thus far in May, inventor Lauri Valjakka has filed suit against Cox (6:22-cv-00497), Charter Communications (6:22-cv-00491), Comcast (6:22-cv-00493), Meta Platforms (6:22-cv-00495), and Zoom (6:22-cv-00496), each in the Western District of Texas. The two patents-in-suit, asserted in overlapping sets, generally relate to transferring data over a network and providing access to restricted content to a user through a digital rights management (DRM) key, with the defendants accused of infringement through the provision of various services and related products: Cox, through the Contour streaming app; Charter, the Spectrum-branded cable, TV, Internet, and phone services; Comcast, the Xfinity-branded cable TV, Internet, and phone services; Meta, the Facebook social media platform; and Zoom, the Zoom communications platform. At issue is the use of and support for certain features related to content retrieval, such as DRM systems and content delivery networks (CDNs).
Named inventor Lauri Valjakka added March 2022 cases against Intertrust Technologies (6:22-cv-00234) and Philips (6:22-cv-00226) in the Western District of Texas. The two patents-in-suit generally relate to transferring data over a network and providingaccess to restricted content to a user through a digital rights management key, with the defendants accused of infringement through the provision of various services: for Intertrust, over the Intertrust Platform and Intertrust PKI service; and for Philips, over the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform (HSDP). At issue are features related to secure content retrieval.
Inventor Lauri Valjakka has added cases against Alphabet (Google) (6:22-cv-00004), Apple (6:22-cv-00003), and Sony (6:22-cv-00005) to the campaign that he began in September 2021 with suits against Akamai Technologies, Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, and Netflix. The plaintiff’s latest complaints assert two patents generally related to transferring data over a network and providing access to restricted content to a user through a digital rights management key. Targeted are the defendants’ provision of various services; for Google, over Google TV and YouTube; for Apple, over Apple AirPlay and Apple TV+; and for Sony, over Playstation Network and Playstation Now.
Lauri Valjakka has added a case against Microsoft (6:21-cv-01006) to the Western District of Texas campaign that the named inventor began with separate mid-September suits targeting Akamai, Amazon, Cisco, and Netflix. Valjakka asserts a single patent generally related to transferring data over a network, with infringement allegations here focused on Microsoft’s Azure SQL Edge data engine.
Named inventor Lauri Valjakka has filed suit against Akamai (6:21-cv-00942), Amazon (6:21-cv-00945), Cisco (6:21-cv-00944), and Netflix (6:21-cv-00947) over the respective provision of their Edge, CloudFront, Kinetic, and Open Connect distributed computing platforms. A single patent, broadly directed to transferring data over a network, is asserted across the set of Western District of Texas complaints.