Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Broadcasters Sued For HD Radio Patent Infringement

A Delaware company has sued a large number of radio broadcast groups alleging patent infringement for using its technology for their HD Radio broadcasts, according to RadioWorld.

The filing last Friday by Wyncomm LLC claims the broadcasters are using In-Band On-Channel technology and therefore infringing on U.S. patent no. 5,506,866 and several associated patents. It lists Delaware Radio Technologies (DRT) as the exclusive licensee for the technology.

HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital is not named nor identified in any of the lawsuits. The company, which declined comment on the suits, licenses the HD Radio technology used by the radio broadcasters.

The Nov. 1 filing in U. S. District Court in Delaware names Beasley Broadcast Group, CBS Radio, Clear Channel parent CC Media Holdings, Cox Media Group, Cumulus Media, Entercom, Entravision, Greater Media, Hubbard Radio, Radio Disney, Radio One, Saga, Townsquare Media and Univision as defendants in the federal lawsuit.

Wyncomm is asking for a jury trial and is seeking damages from the broadcasters.

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