New Altitude Plaintiff Entity Sues Hulu with “Shoah” Patents
Preservation Technologies [NPE] filed suit against Hulu, alleging that Hulu’s website and applications infringe nine patents related to cataloging and delivering digital multimedia content that originated from a Holocaust museum, Survivors of the Shoah. Preservation Technologies (an affiliate of Altitude Capital and Digitude) filed two prior suits in December 2011 against defendants Amazon, Dish Network, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Sony, and YouTube. 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. According to the complaint, Preservation Technologies is 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. 12/27, Central District of California, 8:2011cv01985.