Charter gets patent troll’s addressable ad complaint tossed

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A New York federal judge last week dismissed a patent infringement suit filed against Charter Communications over three patents related to addressable advertising. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan invalidated patents held by Quantum Stream Inc, ruling that they cover patent-ineligible subject matter.

Quantum Stream filed suit in March 2017, alleging that Charter violated its patents relating “to the pairing of ‘secondary’ advertising content based on a user’s real-time selection of ‘primary’ content or upon other data, so as to result in a customized presentation of content and dependent advertising to the user.”

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Charter reps didn’t immediately respond to Fierce’s inquiry for comment. 

Quantum Stream, listed in the Charter complaint as a “Delaware Corporation,” has also filed suit against Altice USA and DirecTV over alleged violation of the same three patents. Quantum is owned by Form Holdings, which was previously known as Vringo, one of the world’s premier patent trolls. 

According to a Quantum Stream brochure, the company describes itself as “a next generation content infrastructure innovator.”

The company “offers a patent-pending integration technology that transforms the complexities of content exchange into a single, uniquely fluid, responsive, and universally accessible system,” the brochure said. "Using Quantum Stream applications and services, companies not only reduce present costs associated with content exchange, but may also manage, enhance, and extend their brand presence and content assets in completely new and highly contextual ways.”