Progme Files Against Google, Even as Its Existing Cases Grind to a Halt in Favor of Multiple USPTO Proceedings

  • June 4, 2018

Progme Corporation has filed a new suit against Alphabet (Google) (2:18-cv-11728), even as the cases—and the patent—in its existing campaign hit considerable snags. The patent generally relates to generating hyperlinks that permit a viewer to print or capture content related to video material. Progme accuses Google of infringement through the provision of software development kits and/or applications for its Android system that “generat[e] and/or encod[e] one or more print() or println() statements of the PrintWriter method” mentioned in code that the NPE includes in its complaint. Progme’s other cases, filed against Comcast (in November 2015) and Twenty-First Century Fox (in April 2018), appear in turmoil, as local counsel in the first has withdrawn because the plaintiff (and the attorney controlling it) have failed to follow advice given and as the defendants in the latter have moved for a stay in light of ex parte reexamination and reissue proceedings before the USPTO.

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