Altitude’s Preservation Technologies Sues AT&T, Cox, and Time Warner
- February 10, 2012
Preservation Technologies filed suit against AT&T, Cox, and Time Warner, alleging that the defendants’ cable and online video services infringe four patents related to digital library systems for managing multimedia assets. Preservation Technologies (an affiliate of Altitude Capital Partners and Digitude) has filed six prior suits since December 2011. On December 2, 2011, Preservation Technologies filed suit against Amazon, Dish Network, Facebook, Google, Hulu, Netflix, Sony, and YouTube, alleging that the defendants’ websites and applications infringe nine patents related to cataloging and delivering digital multimedia content. The technology originated from a Holocaust museum, Survivors of the Shoah. Samuel Gustman is the named inventor on all of the patents-in-suit, which were assigned to the University of Southern California in December 2005 when the Survivors of the Shoah became part of the university. Preservation Technologies claims to be the exclusive licensee of the patent-in-suit. Rights to 11 patents from the Shoah portfolio were sold in a pre-auction sale by Ocean Tomo in March 2010 for $7 million. 2/8, Central District of California, 8:2012cv00208.