Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Nintendo of America Inc. were hit with similar patent infringement lawsuits late last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The complaints, filed on March 15 by Washington-based electronics company Trans Video Electronics Inc., accuse the three companies of infringing on two patents related to their video distribution services.
Trans Video, according to the complaints, holds two patents for systems used to transmit digital video information. All three companies are accused of infringing on the patents through different services they offer for downloading, streaming or storing videos.
Google is being sued (PDF) for alleged violations of the two patents through services offered by YouTube Inc., which Google owns. A spokesman for Google wrote in an e-mail today that the company has yet to receive a copy of the complaint and could not comment until they have a chance to review it.
The lawsuit (PDF) against Apple alleges violations of the patents through several services and devices, including the iTunes Store, the Apple TV, the iPad, the iPhone and the iPod Touch. An Apple spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment on Monday.
Nintendo is accused (PDF) of infringing on the patents through its Nintendo Channel, the Nintendo Wii, and the Nintendo DS and 3DS. A Nintendo spokesperson also did not return a request for comment on Monday.
Trans Video is suing for treble damages under federal patent law.
Matthew Eggerding, an associate in Locke Lord’s Washington office is listed as lead counsel for Trans Video. Eggerding could not be reached for comment on Monday. New York-based partner John Sweeney and of counsel James Gould are also listed as attorneys for Trans Video.