Unified Patents Inc., which deters non-practicing entity patent troll litigation, has secured membership from more than 40 companies in the Content Delivery field to deter abusive patent enforcement. It has taken action on behalf of Content Delivery by filing two Inter-Partes Reviews (IPRs) intended to notify NPEs that the assertion of bad patents in Content Delivery will not be tolerated. On July 30th, Unified filed an IPR petition against a patent held by Broadband iTV and on August 5 it filed one against a patent held by Dragon Intellectual Property, both NPEs.
Unfortunately, NPE litigation continues to increase. In the first six months of 2014, 87 percent of all high tech litigation was initiated by NPEs or “trolls.” Historically, when patents are challenged at the USPTO over 60 percent have been found to be invalid and almost 90 percent had at least one claim invalidated. Despite these statistics, most NPE patent cases settle because of the high cost of litigation, which results in NPEs achieving a cash return.
“NPEs continue to impose a major operational cost on the content delivery industry,” said Jakel,. “Unified is delighted to announce that we have secured subscriptions from a large group of leading broadband, cable and entertainment industry companies.”
Content delivery technologies protected by Unified include content production, distribution, storage/management, personalization, end-point distribution, consumption, and security. This is intended to cover the delivery and consumption of content on everything from traditional TVs to mobile phones. Subscribers to its Content Delivery Zone include companies ranging from startups to some of the largest companies in the country.