Lodgenet Sued for Patent Infringement amidst Looming Bankruptcy Filing

  • January 10, 2013

10th Avenue Media, a new non-practicing entity, filed suit against Lodgenet Interactive over a patent related to a digital content delivery system. This is the first patent infringement suit brought by 10th Avenue Media. According to its website, 10th Avenue Media was founded by leading developers in digital media technology and holds key intellectual property in the field of digital media distribution.  A recent Bloomberg article reports that Lodgenet said it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be acquired by investment firm Colony Capital. Lodgenet provides Internet, video and advertising services to the hospitality and health care sectors, and the company said it will operate during the expedited bankruptcy process. Lodgenet will also receive funding of $60 million in new capital from a Colony Capital affiliate, and LodgeNet’s lenders will extend their credit agreements.  LodgeNet says it will form a strategic partnership with DirecTV in the hospitality and health care markets. The patent-in-suit originated with Roomster and was assigned to 10th Avenue Media in March 2012.  RPX reviewed the patent-in-suit as an open market opportunity (Marger Johnson-Acq) in May 2011.  1/4, Central District of California, assigned to Judge S. James Otero and referred to Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh, 2:013cv00086.


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