June 16, 2004

Acacia Technologies Announces Suits [7:20 am]

Acacia Technologies Files Cable and Satellite TV Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Acacia’s DMT patents cover the transmission and receipt of digital content via the Internet, cable, satellite, and other means, and as the Complaint alleges, apply to a variety of programming and activities engaged in by cable and sastellite companies including certain basic programming, pay per view, video on demand, and digital ad insertion. Acacia intends to continue its licensing discussions with cable and satellite companies and has the option of adding additional companies to the lawsuit in the future.

The lawsuit is separate from the patent infringement actions currently pending in the District Court for the Central District of California agains certain Adult Entertainment Companies that transmit digital content via the Internet.

Note that the PDF of this press release, appropriately enough, does not allow for copying and extraction of content from the file, so any typos (although not the excessive use of commas!) are my responsibility <G>

CNet: Patent suits hit cable, satellite giants

Later: Slashdot discussion — Profiting From A Vague Patent HOWTO

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