Blue Spike, LLC filed a patent infringement lawsuit yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas naming 22 defendants, including Facebook. Blue Spike is a technology company owned by self-described inventor and steganographer Scott Moscowitz. The complaint alleges infringement on four different patents:
- U.S. Patent No. 8,214,175
- U.S. Patent No. 7,949,494
- U.S. Patent No. 7,660,700
- U.S. Patent No. 7,346,472
All patents are described as “Method and device for monitoring and analyzing signals.” In essence, the patents describe methods of using a “digital fingerprint” to identify unauthorized or pirated digital media.