Netflix Sued for Patent Infringement Over Video Downloading for Offline Viewing

The download of movies and series of Netflix for later viewing is something that we had been waiting for many years, and a few weeks ago it is possible. We could download the video and see it when we do not have access to the Internet.

This functionality offers nothing innovative, nothing that other companies have not implemented previously, but that has not been sufficient reason to avoid the demand presented by the company Blackbird Technologies, a company that has no products or services, only has patents and on which its business is based.

Blackbird was founded by two former patent attorneys for large firms, Wendy Verlander and Chris Freeman, and they own a patent that was born in 2000, presenting itself as a technology that downloads content from a server, burns it to a CD and Send by traditional mail to a client. BlackBird believes that downloading videos from Netflix uses a similar philosophy, and it bases the demand on it.

The patent in question was originally from Sungil Lee, according to, an entrepreneur who in 2011 sold his patent to Innovative Automation LLC, a patent troll that filed dozens of lawsuits in eastern Texas and California. The United States Patent Office registered it in a confusing language, so that it can be interpreted in several ways, leading to “a method of computer-implemented data replication.”

It is quite possible that the lawsuit will not come to fruition, but if this is not the case, we have a new problem: the courts can interpret phrases from 20 years ago as if they were applied to current technologies, and that will prevent the advance in many key sectors.


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