Patent troll sues Netflix over offline downloads

Blackbird Technologies was founded by two former big-firm patent attorneys, Wendy Verlander and Chris Freeman. The organization owns US Patent No. 7,174,362, which it hopes will result in payouts from internet video companies with offline-viewing features. On Wednesday, Blackbird (who tells potential clients about being “able to litigate at reduced costs and achieve results”) filed lawsuits against Netflix, SoundCloud, Vimeo, STARZ, MUBI, and Studio 3 Partners, which owns the EPIX TV channel. All of the companies have some type of app that allows for downloading content and watching it offline. – Joe Mullin, Ars Technica