Kojicast Sues Funimation Over Alleged Patent Infringment for Media Casting
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Kojicast company filed a lawsuit against Funimation on April 24 in the eastern district of Texas, alleging that Funimation's FunimationNow streaming service infringes on Kojicast's patent.
Kojicast references its "Media Asset Streaming Over Network to Devices" patent (U.S. Patent No. 9,073,683), which describes a method that allows users to watch a stream on a mobile device and resume watching the stream using another device, such as a television.
Kojicast explained in the lawsuit that Google's Chromecast devices are not "prior art," as the patent owner Koji Yoden filed the patent in 2012, a year before the patent for Google's Chromecast devices. It further explained that Apple's Airplay feature is also a "completely different technology."
The Unified Patents organization issued a contest in December seeking prior art to Kojicast's patent.
Kojicast is seeking damages related to the alleged infringement, and is seeking a trial by jury. The court announced on May 16 that it plans to hold jury selection on June 22, 2020.
Kojicast filed a lawsuit against the streaming site Dailymotion in April 2018 for alleged infringement of the same patent, and in November for alleged infringements of three other patents with different numbers but also labeled as "Media Asset Streaming Over Network to Devices." Both cases were dismissed on January 10.