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Too Hot For Your Spam Filter!

Amusing line in today’s daily litigation alerts from Prior Smart:

Removed a case from today’s email due to the names of some of the defendants, which would cause our email to be blocked. It’s Patent Harbor, LLC v. Fox et. al..

Indeed, the case involves a patent infringement complaint against 30 companies, including several with more “colorful” histories, including Larry Flynt Publications, Bang Productions, Vivid Entertainment, Playboy Enterprises, Hustler Video and Penthouse Digital.  The technology involves organizing video files with tags, so there are a few non-pornographic media companies thrown in for good measure, like Disney, Time Warner,Lions Gate and (of course) 20th Century Fox.

If the case does go to trial, a jury chosen from the greater Tyler, Texas area will need to decide whether these media companies (pornographers and otherwise) are infringing …

UPDATE 11/18/2010

Someone wrote this post over at Tyler Texas Business News and Information who had noticed Patent Harbor’s offices at the Regions Bank building in downtown Tyler. The author noted:

I spoke to a woman on this same floor who says that hardly ever is someone there. She said they rent the office but no one is ever there except on rare occasions. When people do show up it is a big throng of people and has the feel of a Hollywood movie.



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