German Court Issues Infringement Ruling and Injunctions Against Yahoo, Pinterest in Marathon Subsidiary Case

  • April 28, 2016

A German district court has issued patent infringement rulings against Yahoo and Pinterest in proceedings brought by TLI Communications GmbH, a subsidiary of the publicly traded American NPE Marathon Patent Group, Inc. In two rulings on April 21, 2016, Munich District Court I issued multiple decisions finding that Yahoo and its European subsidiary, Yahoo! EMEA Limited, had infringed European patent EP 0 814 611 through their Flickr service, and Pinterest through its own eponymous service. The patent-in-suit—the counterpart to US patent 6,038,295—generally relates to a camera phone that adds metadata to pictures and sends them to a server, which then uses the metadata to determine where to file the images. As typically occurs in German patent cases, the court issued injunctions as well as a finding of liability for damages.


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