Agency reexamines multimedia patent

The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and video. The company stirred controversy in the emerging multimedia field by claiming that its patent covered basic technologies that could force competitors to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties.

The patent office said the reevaluation was based on new information challenging the propriety of the patent.

The Tribune Co. said it was looking forward to working with the patent office on the review.

More Digital

  • Liza Koshy - Liza On Demand

    Above Average Steers Focus to Original Comedy Series for TV, Digital Services

    The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and […]

  • snapchat-logo

    Snap Layoffs: 22 Staffers Gone Across Content Division, Other Teams

    The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and […]

  • ESL Pro League Dallas Winners

    Facebook Will Exclusively Stream 'CS:GO' Pro League Esports Events Previously on YouTube

    The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and […]

  • Fable Studio

    Former Oculus Story Studio Team Unveils New Company, Announces 4 VR Projects

    The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and […]

  • Twitch - Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames, Strawburry17

    Four Disney-Managed YouTube Stars Launch Twitch Channels

    The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and […]

  • Colin Decker

    VR Startup Within Hires Former Discovery Exec Colin Decker as Its New COO (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Patent & Trademark Office took the rare step of reexamining a patent given to a software company for multimedia technology that threatened to put up a roadblock on the information highway, the Wall Street Journal reported. Compton’s New Media won a patent in August that covers computer-based search and retrieval of text, graphics and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content