CBS, NBC Universal Targets Of Latest 'Podcasting Patent' Suits
April 30, 2013 at 3:55 AM (PT)
CBS and NBC UNIVERSAL are the latest targets of patent infringement lawsuits by PERSONAL AUDIO, LLC, which claims to hold a patent on podcasting.
Once again, PERSONAL AUDIO has filed its suits in federal court in the Eastern District of TEXAS, the district generally favorable to plaintiffs in patent suits, and asserts that CBS and NBC UNIVERSAL are "unauthorized users of PERSONAL AUDIO’s podcasting technology" ("System for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence”).
“Our licensing operations are proceeding apace nicely but it is unfortunate that we have had to resort to litigation in some cases,” said RICHARD BAKER, PERSONAL AUDIO’s VP/Licensing. “Asserting these patent rights is merely allowing the inventors to earn a reward for their significant effort and millions of investment dollars that went into a pioneering startup in the audio field."
PERSONAL AUDIO won a suit against APPLE in the same district in 2011, winning $8 million plus $4 million in interest.