The legal clash between Blockbuster and Netflix presents a crucial question: Is the concept of renting movies over the Internet an original idea that deserves patent protection? Netflix says yes. Blockbuster not only disagrees, it has countered with antitrust claims, also alleging that Netflix obtained its patents fraudulently by failing to disclose pertinent information to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On Aug. 22, a federal judge in San Francisco allowed Blockbuster to pursue its claims.
No Happy Ending for Net Movie Renters
The National Law Journal
September 8, 2006
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