Austin Firm Sues ESPN Over Patents

Austin-based DDB Technologies LLC, an intellectual property firm which owns a number of patents, said yesterday that it has filed a patent infringement suit against ESPN over three patents it owns. The firm said that its patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 5,526,479; 5,671,347; 6,204,862; 7,373,587, cover live simulation of sporting events, play-by-play text, graphics and animation, and generating information about the state of a game. DDB said the lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. DDB said it has previously licensed its patents to and MLB Advanced Media, and had been in litigation with MLB since 2004 before a recent settlement.


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