Podcasters, you’ll now interact to your long Maron opens with out the texture of being legally centered by way of a Texas corporate that many would imagine to be a patent troll.
On Monday, the Ideal Courtroom of the USA declined to listen to the case of Non-public Audio v. Digital Frontier Basis. In brief, the case is all stated and performed.
As Ars reported in August 2017, the United States Courtroom of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the April 2015 inter partes overview (IPR) ruling—a procedure that permits any person to problem a patent’s validity at the United States Patent and Trademark Place of business.
Again in 2013, Non-public Audio started sending felony call for letters to a large number of podcasters and corporations, like Samsung, in an obvious try to cajole them right into a licensing deal lest they be slapped with a lawsuit. (A few of the ones efforts have been a success: in August 2014, Adam Carolla raised about $500,000 as a part of a conceivable felony protection fund. Carolla settled with Non-public Audio, however it’s unclear how much cash, if any, modified palms.)
As Non-public Audio started to realize extra public consideration, the Digital Frontier Basis, on the other hand, stepped in to problem Non-public Audio’s US Patent No. eight,112,504. That patent describes a “device for disseminating media content material representing episodes in a serialized series.”
Non-public Audio didn’t instantly reply to Ars’ request for touch upon Monday afternoon.