1st Technology Sues Pandora
1st Technology filed suit against Pandora Media alleging that the Pandora music service infringes three patents related to the transmission of compressed multimedia information with the ability to switch between voice and data modes. 1st Technology has filed over 15 prior suits against more than 30 defendants (primarily online gaming related) since 2004. (1st Technology filed suit against Facebook on November 13, 2012 and dismissed the suit three days later.) Dr. Scott Lewis is the named inventor on the patents-in-suit, as well as the controlling manager of 1st Technology. In 2010, 1st Technology obtained a reexamination certificate for one of the patents-in-suit (’001), confirming the patentability of claims 1-32, adding claims 33, 45-56, 58 and 50, and following a reexamination initiated in 2008. The reexamination petition was filed by defendant Bodog Entertainment, an online gaming company based in Antigua that 1st Media sued in 2006. Bodog never responded to the complaint, and a default judgment of $46.6 million was awarded to 1st Media in 2007. The parties reportedly reached a settlement in April 2009. 11/26, Northern District of Illinois, assigned to Judge John Z. Lee, 1:2012cv09385.