April 8, 2009, Chicago — The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin granted summary judgment for Banner & Witcoff’s client Pandora in a patent infringement suit brought by MOAEC, Inc. Pandora is a well-known, personalized, Internet radio service, available on PCs, home devices and mobile phones.
In MOAEC, Inc., v. Pandora Media, Inc., Pandora was accused of infringing two MOAEC patents related to an entertainment system for organizing, storing and playing back music. Pandora vigorously defended itself and prevailed after full discovery shortly before trial, which was scheduled for May 2009. The court granted summary judgment of no infringement of both of MOAEC’s asserted patents.
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While not strictly a game case, it does deal with media companies and patents. Given the proliferation of music-related games, its not inconceivable that a similar lawsuit could one day be filed regarding Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc…
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