Blockbuster Points Out Both Prior Art And Obviousness In Netflix Patents
from the patent-blockbusting dept
It was a bit surprising a few months back to see Netflix resort to using patents against Blockbuster, rather than competing in the marketplace. If anything, the patent lawsuits suggested that Netflix was admitting it was really losing ground to Blockbuster. Blockbuster has now hit back against Netflix, claiming that the patents in question are not valid, both because there’s plenty of prior art and (separately) because they cover obvious concepts. Blockbuster also pointed out that Netflix was aware of additional patents in the space that represent prior art. It will be interesting to see if this case actually goes anywhere, as Netflix was probably hoping more for a quick settlement from Blockbuster. However, it’s probably in Blockbuster’s interest to drag this out for a while, lap up the publicity while getting more people to know that it offers a service that competes directly with Netflix, and then settle at the last minute before letting an unpredictable judge or jury decide what this all means.