Google Scores Review of Patent YouTube Accused of Infringing (1)

Jan. 16, 2020, 4:38 PM; Updated: Jan. 16, 2020, 9:24 PM

Alphabet Inc.'s Google persuaded the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review the validity of a presentation-time patent that the company was sued for infringing.

The agency’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has decided to review Virentem Ventures LLC’s U.S. Patent No. 9,785,400, which involves the reflection of a position in media content. The board said Google LLC demonstrated a reasonable likelihood that it could invalidate claims in the patent as obvious, given previously filed patents and a publication.

The board’s Wednesday decision follows Virentem’s U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware lawsuit against Google and YouTube LLC for infringing a group of data and video-related patents. Virentem alleged that the companies infringed its processes with Android devices using the YouTube app, among other products. The parties are slated to have informal discussions regarding a settlement, according to the court.

Paul Hastings LLP represented Google and declined to comment on the PTAB’s institution decision.

Bunsow De Mory LLP, counsel for Virentem, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Updated with declination of comment from Paul Hastings.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Lopez in Washington at ilopez@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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