Hulu Hit with Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Online Video Streaming

Submitted by patentadmin on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 21:53

January 4, 2012 - Hulu LLC, which delivers streaming video content on demand, has been sued by a company called Intertainer Inc. for infringement of a patent on online video streaming.

The patent, U.S. Patent Number 7,870,592, relates to a method of creating an interactive streaming video that allows users to view outside content such as advertisements before resuming the video at the point at which the user stopped watching. Hulu had argued that it doesn't make its viewers watch ads in an infringing manner.

U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney disagreed with Hulu and refused to dismiss the case, finding that Intertainer had sufficiently pled its claim for patent infringement based on a specific claim or the patent.