SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY FIRM LICENSES REAL-TIME DEDUPLICATION PATENTS TO CLOUD COMPUTING COMPANIES
An international software company was looking to monetize a patent related to storage medium preventing unauthorized reproduction or copying. The company engaged Copperpod to review the patent in detail, identify infringing products and monetize the portfolio for the products that potentially infringe the patents.
The patent described an apparatus for writing checksum information on a data content on a storage medium. The apparatus comprises a provider for providing checksum information based on the data content and a writer for writing the data content. Further, the checksum information on the storage medium is such that a baseline reader and an enhanced reader can read the data content. The enhanced reader can read and process the checksum information and the baseline reader ignores, skips or does not read the checksum information.
Claim limitations such as "reader" and "provider", need not be hardware components, and may instead be implemented wholly in software.
After detailed study of the patent, our team identified deduplication process technologies used by cloud storage providers as potentially mapping on several claims of the patent. We shortlisted 10 storage solution companies that perform server-side deduplication and verified the infringement in each case, following which 10 descriptive infringement contentions mapping key evidence from target products against each claim were prepared for the client to pursue further monetization of the patent.
Copperpod experts worked closely with the client's outside counsel providing ad-hoc technical analysis throughout the monetization campaign including refining positions after case filing and during settlement negotiations.