Major Media Outlets Targeted In Patent Suits

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Major media outlets have been named in a series of patent infringement suits related to mobile phone apps and websites.

Clouding IP is claiming such media giants as CNN, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Fox News, Time, and Gannett infringe on its patent by "among other things, making using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing products and/or services in the United States that enable access to and manipulation of data using a pervasive device, such as a mobile phone, by receiving a data request from a pervasive device, obtaining the requested data, determining the available data manipulation operations and locations of such operations for the obtained data and returning the obtained data and the data manipulation operations and locations to the pervasive devices."

Yep.

Jeff John Roberts at PaidContent shares the NYT complaint:

Clouding IP LLC

Deadline Hollywood shares the CNN complaint, which says:

“CNN has infringed and continues to infringe the ’481 patent by, among other things, making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing products and/or services in the United States that enable access to and manipulation of data using a pervasive device, such as a mobile phone, by receiving a data request from a pervasive device, obtaining the requested data, determining the available data manipulation operations and locations of such operations for the obtained data and returning the obtained data and the data manipulation operations and locations to the pervasive device. Such products and services include, but are not limited to, CNN’s websites, including cnn.com, and CNN’s mobile applications..."

As Roberts notes, the New York Times and another patent troll recently agreed to dismiss the case, and both parties simply paid their own costs.

Clouding IP has also been involved in a patent suit with Rackspace this year.

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