MLB Digital Tech Co. Poached Worker, Infringed IP, Suit Says

Law360 (April 6, 2018, 9:05 PM EDT) -- MLB Advanced Media allegedly poached a key employee from the tech partner that invented now-ubiquitous strike-zone and pitch-path graphic tracking, flouted a lucrative licensing deal, and trod on the partner's patented IP for the entire 2017 season, according to a dramatic new lawsuit filed in New York federal court on Friday.

The take-no-prisoners patent and trade-secrets lawsuit was filed by Sportsmedia Technology Corp., which bought longtime MLB graphics partner Sportvision Inc. for $25 million in October 2016. Sportvision developed the broadcast graphics that visually frame batters' strike zones during at-bats and the pitch-tracking technology — known as PITCHf/x — installed in...

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