April 12, 2010 - A company called DDB Technologies LLC (DDB) sued ESPN for infringement of four patents related to interactive technology.
DDB's Data Driven portfolio consists of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,526,479; 5,671,347; 6,204,862; 7,373,587 and a pending continuation application. The technologies the patents cover include services such as live simulation of sporting events; play-by-play text, graphics and animation; and generating game status information.
DDB previously licensed its portfolio to SportsLine.com and MLB Advanced Media, LP.
DDB filed its lawsuit against ESPN in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division).