Patent licensing company Marathon Patent Group's wholly-owned subsidiary CRFD Research Inc. has filed five separate patent infringement lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against TV and movie streaming services Hulu Netflix and Amazon (we assume for Prime); music streaming service Spotify; and Verizon.
The company, which most would deem a "patent troll" (because it does not produce a product, but holds a number licenses for patents and uses them for litigation or settlements) claims that the aforementioned companies are violating U.S. Patent numbers 7,191,233, entitled "System for automated, mid-session, user-directed, device-to-device session transfer system," and U.S. Patent numbers 7,574,486, entitled "Web Page Content Translator."
The announcement was made today by the firm's legal counsel, Alexandria, Virginia-based Mishcon de Reya New York LLP.
"We are excited to continue our aggressive support of CRFD and Marathon in the protection of their intellectual property rights," said Mark Raskin, head of the patent litigation group at Mishcon de Reya New York LLP in a statement accompanying the release.
We will have more on this story as it develops.