February 15, 2007 11:54 AM PST

Inventor sues Slingbox maker for patent infringement

The inventor of a wireless speaker system has filed a lawsuit alleging that Sling Media's Slingbox infringes on his patent.

Stuart Mershon is the owner and creator of a system that transmits audio signals from a home audio source to a remote speaker via a wireless telephone network, according to his complaint filed January 5 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Privately held Sling Media is one of the better-known makers of "place-shifting" products, which move consumers' content from device to device. The Slingbox plugs in to a user's TV and sends the feed over the Internet to a PC or Web-enabled device. This allows people to watch television from anywhere they can connect to the Internet.

Mershon said in the complaint that Sling Media has sold at least 500,000 Slingboxes. He notified Sling Media of his belief that the Slingbox violated his patent in a letter on March 4, 2005, Mershon said in his complaint.

Jason Krikorian, co-founder and senior vice president of business development for Sling Media, denied Mershon's allegations on Thursday.

"We are supremely confident in our position that the suit is totally without merit," Krikorian said.

Mershon has asked the court for unspecified damages, according to the suit. His attorneys did not immediately respond to an interview request.

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That claim looks like a bit of stretch
I wonder if he actually believes it's infringing or is more motivated by the smell of money, like maybe a fat settlement. Of course he files in Texas, well known for judges sympathetic to patent holders in infringements, regardless of how ridiculous the claim. Either way I smell patent troll.
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That claim looks like a bit of stretch
I wonder if he actually believes it's infringing or is more motivated by the smell of money, like maybe a fat settlement. Of course he files in Texas, well known for judges sympathetic to patent holders in infringements, regardless of how ridiculous the claim. Either way I smell patent troll.
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