WWE Sued For Patent Infringement Over WWE Network Technology

WWE gets hit with another lawsuit, but instead of raising questions regarding WWE's relationship with Saudi Arabia, it is about patent infringement.

In an article written by David Bixenspan on Forbes, WWE is being sued by Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems for a software patent infringement in relation to the WWE Network. The patent in question refers to the basic function of subscription streaming video services. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the complaint doesn’t name a specific amount of damages requested.

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Below is an abstract of the patent filing:

A system, method and device for media content storage and delivery. A server has a receiver in communication with a processor. The receiver receives a request message. The request message includes media data indicating requested media content and a consumer device identifier corresponding to a consumer device. The processor determines whether the consumer device identifier corresponds to a registered consumer device. If the processor determines that the consumer device identifier corresponds to the registered consumer device, then the processor determines whether the request message is one of a storage request message and a content request message. If the request message is the storage request message, then the processor is further configured to determine whether the requested media content is available for storage. If the request message is the content request message, then the processor initiates delivery of the requested media content to the consumer device.

Abstract of U.S. Patent No. 8,856,221

The WWE Network broadcasts live pay-per-view events for the company as well as host a library of past wrestling shows from WWE, WCW, ECW and more and does original content. In recent weeks, WWE has also been sued for its recent dealings with Saudi Arabia.

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