U.S. News | Global Interactive Media Sues AT&T for Patent Infringement

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Global Interactive Media, Inc. (GIM) has filed a lawsuit in the District of Maryland against AT&T Services, Inc. and AT&T Communications, LLC (collectively AT&T) for patent infringement over tracking Broadcasts and providing program information on-demand to customers.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringed its patents with U.S. Patent Nos. 7,574,721 (the ’721 patent); 8,032,907 (the ’907 patent); and 6,314,577 (the ’577 patent) without permission or a license.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringed at least claim 1 of the ’721 patent by identifying television broadcast providers based in response to a user’s submission of a geographic identifier such as a zip code.

The plaintiff claimed that AT&T’s U-verse Guide identifies local broadcast providers by zip code and station call letters, a geographic identification code, and broadcast identifier respectively.

The plaintiff alleges that the first patent-in-suit identifies available broadcasts in a certain geographic area, the remaining patents-in-suit describe providing recipients with automated broadcast program material information and for providing radio or television broadcast audience with automated program material information which was infringed by the defendants thus ripping off its intellectual property.

According to the plaintiff, with AT&T’s U-verse Guide, users are able to obtain certain information about a program, such as a name and description of a broadcast program.

The plaintiff has sought a declaratory judgment in its favor, pre- and post-judgment interest, an award for royalties, and other relief. GIM is represented by Butzel Long, PC.

The case is ongoing.

Global Interactive Media, Inc. v. AT&T Services, Inc. et al

Judge: George Jarrod Hazel
Court: Maryland District Court
Case #: 8:20-cv-03125
Nature of Suit: Patent
Cause: Patent Infringement
Case Filed: Oct 27, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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