Adobe Keeps Flash Patent Suit Against Wowza Media Alive

Law360, San Francisco (October 27, 2014, 6:32 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss Adobe Systems Inc.'s lawsuit accusing Wowza Media Systems LLC of infringing two encryption patents related to Adobe's Flash video platform, finding that Adobe's allegations don't constitute claim-splitting even though it has sued Wowza before.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar, who is presiding over both of Adobe's patent suits against Wowza, disagreed with Wowza's argument that the case should be dismissed because Adobe's second lawsuit constituted impermissible claim-splitting.

Although the two cases meet some criteria of claim-splitting, including the fact that they involve the same parties, they aren't litigating the same claims,...

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