Suits Against Akamai, Google, and Netflix Added to One of the Longest Ongoing Litigation Campaigns

March 23, 2019

Personalized Media Communications, LLC (PMC) has added yet more lawsuits to its long-running litigation campaign, suing Akamai (2:19-cv-00089), Alphabet (Google) (2:19-cv-00090), and Netflix (2:19-cv-00091) in the Eastern District of Texas. With these new complaints, which allege infringement of six patents (with all six at issue against Google and Netflix; five of the six, against Akamai), five of them for the first time in litigation, over 30 patents have now been asserted in PMC’s campaign. The patents belong to a large family, generally related to digital signal processing, with these most recent infringement allegations directed to media playback features within the defendants’ products and services, including a video progress bar and the user interface’s display of a thumbnail corresponding to a playback location on that progress bar; the decryption of encrypted video content; the distribution of media content from multiple storage locations and based on the selected media content; buffering; and the use of content distribution networks (CDNs).

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