Popular video conferencing platform Zoom has been hit with lawsuit alleging it of patent infringement round its cloud storage practices for recorded content material.
Specifically, Zoom is accused of operating afoul of patent legislation as a result of it allows customers to file conferences, save the video to cloud storage, after which obtain the content material later.
The go well with has been filed by Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, which filed the patent (US Patent No. 8,856,221) in 2011—lengthy after the expertise for storing multimedia content material within the cloud and distributing it on demand had been developed. The firm has to date filed greater than 25 fits in opposition to corporations together with Disney and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Rothschild is looking for each an award for damages in addition to a courtroom order halting Zoom from persevering with to infringe on its patent for cloud storage and distribution.
The firm relies within the East District of Texas, which is a favourite jurisdiction for so-called patent trolls due to its favorable authorized protections for plaintiffs.
The lawsuit, filed within the District of Colorado, places Zoom in a tough place. On the one hand, it’s extremely unlikely that Rothschild may win if the lawsuit was challenged in courtroom. The Supreme Court has dominated that summary concepts aren’t eligible to be patented in the event that they merely transfer current expertise onto a pc.
In an analogous lawsuit that Rothschild filed in regards to the identical patent, the corporate dismissed its declare as quickly because the defendant in that case challenged the go well with.
However, difficult the lawsuit is probably going extra pricey for Zoom than merely settling with Rothschild out of courtroom. It stays unclear how a lot such a settlement may price, for the reason that firm has not disclosed earlier agreements with these it has sued. Whether Zoom decides to face its floor or make the lawsuit disappear shortly, the entire affair is prone to be costly.