Spotify, iHeartMedia Hit With Patent Suits
June 20, 2016 at 4:13 AM (PT)
POST MEDIA SYSTEMS is suing SPOTIFY USA, INC. and iHEARTMEDIA, INC. for patent infringement in separate cases in TEXAS Eastern District Court. The patents cover a system for sharing and retrieving playlist information on the Internet.
The cases offer the life story of inventor ALAN BARTHOLOMEW, "raised in a family with a Quaker background ... studied music performance with the cello" before coming up with "a way to broadcast audio files over shared networks, now often referred to as podcasting ... (and) the development of audio and video recording software products that he has successfully sold through his company SONICLEAR...." BARTHOLOMEW "turned to POST MEDIA," a firm that asserts patent rights it acquires from the patent holders, to get compensated from the defendants.
The patents in question are said in the suits to "resolve technical problems related to a specific functionality of computers and networks (e.g. Internet or other networks) to post, share, and playback media, overcoming posting and interface issues specific to different computing systems and accounts on shared networks." In the complaints, the plaintiff denies that the patent merely recites something from the "pre-Internet world along with a requirement to perform it on the Internet" and is "not merely the routine or conventional use of electronic devices for communications" but rather constitutes an improvement and does not preempt other ways of communicating.