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Rothwell Figg Obtains Victory for NBCUniversal

August 17, 2016PDF

On August 16, 2016, Judge Richard Andrews of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued an order invalidating under Section 101 a patent that Two-Way Media had asserted against Rothwell Figg’s client NBCUniversal (the patent was also asserted against co-defendants Comcast and Verizon) and several additional patents asserted against NBCU’s co-defendants. The Rothwell Figg team representing NBCUniversal was led by Steven Lieberman, Brian Rosenbloom, Derek Dahlgren and Mark Rawls. Two-Way’s patent was previously asserted by Two-Way against AT&T in a prior litigation in which Two-Way obtained a $40 Million dollar judgment against AT&T for its infringement of Two-Way’s intellectual property.

Specifically, in the NBCUniversal case, the district court granted Defendants’ Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings that Two-Way’s patent, U.S. Patent Number 6,434,622 – which involves a system for live streaming content over the Internet – was invalid under §101.

“By identifying at the onset of the case a dispositive defense that did not hinge on claim construction, and filing a motion for judgment on the pleadings, we were able to construct a successful defense that saved our client a substantial amount of time and money,” stated Steven Lieberman.