NEW YORK, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Network-1 Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: NTIP) announced today it has initiated patent litigation against Google and YouTube in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for infringement of several of its patents relating to the identification of media content.
The patents being asserted are U.S. Patent No. 8,010,988 titled “Using Features From An Audio/OR Video Work To Obtain Information About The Work,” U.S. Patent No. 8,205,237 titled “Identifying Works, Using A Sub-Linear Time Search, Such As An Approximate Nearest Neighbor Search, for Initiating A Work-Based Action, Such As An Action On The Internet,” U.S. Patent No. 8,640,179 titled “Method For Using Features From An Electronic Work,” and U.S. Patent No. 8,656,441 titled “System For Using Extracted Features From An Electronic Work.”
The lawsuit alleges that Google and YouTube have infringed and continue to infringe by making, using, selling and offering to sell unlicensed systems and products and services related thereto, which include YouTube’s Content ID system.
The patents being asserted are part of the patent portfolio (the “Portfolio”) acquired by Network-1 from Dr. Ingemar Cox, a recognized technology leader in digital watermarking, content identification, digital rights management, and related technologies. The Portfolio covers advanced technologies relating to the identification of media content. Since the acquisition of the Portfolio in February 2013, Network-1, with the assistance of Dr. Cox, has filed seven (7) additional patent applications relating to the inventions contemplated by the original specification. To date, Network-1 has been granted two additional patents and anticipates further issuances of additional claims from the Portfolio.
Dr. Cox is currently a Professor at both the University of Copenhagen and at the University College London where he is Head of its Media Futures Group. In connection with the acquisition of the Portfolio, Dr. Cox provides consulting services to Network-1 with respect to the acquired patents and the related pending and future patent applications and assists in Network-1’s efforts to develop the Portfolio.