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Media Outlets Including Forbes Hit With Lawsuit

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Many reputed media stations including, Forbes, Inc., American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and Discovery Communications, Inc. have been targeted with a lawsuit for willful patent infringement filed by Texas-based Bartonfalls LLC.

The lawsuit was filed with the US District Court of EDTX on October 11, 2016, where Bartonfalls claims that the companies have infringed the US patent 7,917,922.  The patent relates to a method that integrates a plurality of television signal sources into a cohesive audio/video environment.

Claim 1 of the ‘922 patent describes a “method for automatically changing from a first TV program to an alternate TV program at a TV viewer location.” The accused companies in the suit either sell or provide a method for automatically changing from one TV program to another.

Bartonfalls stated that the companies have willfully infringed claim 1 of the ‘922  patent, “with knowledge of the patent and in spite of an objectively high likelihood that its actions constituted infringement.”

According to the USPTO and MaxVal’s own research, the accused companies haven’t given any indication as to how they are going to tackle the alleged infringement.  Below are the details of the cases.

Case Number Court Lawsuit URL
2:16-cv-01126 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v.  American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. http://bit.ly/2ej18NN
2:16-cv-01127 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v.  Allrecipes.com, Inc. http://bit.ly/2f9ceUH
2:16-cv-01128 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Bloomberg, L.P. http://bit.ly/2f9ceUH
2:16-cv-01129 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. CBS Interactive, Inc. http://bit.ly/2fAt5lS
2:16-cv-01130 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. http://bit.ly/2evDpaM
2:16-cv-01131 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Consumers Union of United States, Inc. http://bit.ly/2fAu1GV
2:16-cv-01133 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC   v. Forbes, Inc. http://bit.ly/2f97CxX
2:16-cv-01134 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Advance Publications, Inc. http://bit.ly/2eXi4Yt
2:16-cv-01135 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. http://bit.ly/2e9y08i
2:16-cv-01136 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC http://bit.ly/2f5OtyM
2:16-cv-01137 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Viacom, Inc. http://bit.ly/2fAtzII
2:16-cv-01138 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. New York Times Company http://bit.ly/2eiSUFm
2:16-cv-01139 Texas Eastern District Court Bartonfalls, LLC    v. Ziff-Davis, LLC http://bit.ly/2dYyvXj
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Author: MaxVal Group, Inc.

MaxVal is an IP solutions and services provider known for its cutting edge products and automated solutions to optimize patent lifecycle management.

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