U.S. News | Media Chain LLC Sues Roku for Patent Infringement over Streaming Content to Users

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Media Chain LLC has filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Texas against Roku Inc. for patent infringement alleging that Roku infringed its patents by utilizing its patented method for streaming content to users without permission or a license.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringed on its patents-in-suit with United States Patent Nos. 9,715,581 (the ’581 patent); 9,898,590 (the ’590 patent); 10,489,560 (the ’560 patent); 10,515,191 (the ’191 patent); 10,860,691 (the ’691 patent); and 10,885,154 (the ’154 patent) relating to systems and methods for monetizing the reproduction of digital media content for the rights-holders of the digital media content.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant infringed on the ’581 patent because a Roku account gives the customer access to a variety of streaming content in the Roku Channel Store.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant’s TV, Roku TV is a standalone smart TV with a built-in TV display and a simple, intuitive interface that lets you stream content over the internet from services such as Netflix through the use of ChannelStore node and Roku Pay web services to manage customer’s existing subscription.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the Roku device also collates user data and data from online activity for advertisement purposes while also showing the viewership details including a number of visits, streams, streaming hours, and rebuffers per streaming hour which is a feature in the ’581 patent.

The allegations for the remaining patents-in-suit are similar to the allegations for the ’581 patent.

The plaintiff is seeking a declaratory judgment in its favor, an award for damages or a reasonable royalty, prejudgment interest, an award for costs, to enjoin Roku from further infringement, and other relief.

The case is ongoing.

Media Chain, LLC v. Roku, Inc.

Judge:  Lee Yeakel
Court: Texas Western District Court
Case #: 1:21-cv-00027
Nature of Suit: Patent
Cause: Patent Infringement
Case Filed: Jan 08, 2021


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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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