Litigation magnet Aereo Inc. has reached a settlement with billionaire Alki David, the founder of rival online TV streaming company FilmOn. The deal brings an end to David's quixotic fight with Aereo and its top financial backer, Barry Diller, leaving the companies to face their real adversary: network television.
Expanding the backlash against companies that aggressively assert "standards-essential patents" against their rivals, a federal judge in San Francisco barred the chip designer LSI Corp. from pursuing injunctive relief against RealTek Semiconductor Corp. at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The deal averts a new trial in the trade secrets case that produced a $112 million verdict against A10.
A divided Federal Circuit panel affirmed an East Texas jury verdict upholding the validity of a patent owned by licensing company Alexsam Inc. that covers systems used to process prepaid phone and gift cards. But it reversed jury's finding that IDT Corporation had infringed the patent for one system, and affirmed the district court's ruling that there was no infringement on another.
Patent trolls have been the subject of increasing debate, but should we be focusing on bad patents instead? That's the interesting question posed at a recent panel discussion on patent-assertion entities at Yale Law School.
After twice knocking out Viacom's billion-dollar copyright case against YouTube, Google's lawyers at Quinn Emanuel and Wilson Sonsini succeeded this week in defeating a parallel class action before the same federal judge in New York.