Quibi Target of Injunction Request Seeking to Block Its Turnstyle Mobile Tech
5 days earlier than Quibi’s scheduled April 6 launch, the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded mobile-video enterprise has been hit with one other authorized motion — demanding that Quibi be compelled to cease utilizing expertise it allegedly stole from an interactive-video firm.
The movement in search of a preliminary injunction towards Quibi comes from New York-based Eko, which final month sued Quibi for allegedly infringing one among Eko’s patents and misappropriating commerce secrets and techniques. The dispute facilities on Quibi’s Turnstyle function, which determines the orientation of a viewer’s cellphone (both horizontal or vertical) and presents content material within the applicable mode.
On Wednesday (April 1), Eko filed a request with the U.S. District Courtroom for the Central District of California in search of a preliminary injunction enjoining Quibi from “misappropriating Eko’s proprietary expertise for cell gadget optimized ‘Actual Time Switching.’”
If the court docket grants Eko’s request, it may pressure Quibi to revamp the app — doubtlessly delaying the launch.
Requested for touch upon Eko’s newest submitting, a Quibi rep reiterated the corporate’s earlier place, stating, “Our Turnstyle expertise was developed internally at Quibi by our gifted engineers and we’ve got, in reality, acquired a patent for it. These claims have completely no benefit and we are going to vigorously defend ourselves towards them in court docket.”
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In court docket filings, Quibi claims it started growing Turnstyle in September 2018 and this previous February was granted a patent masking varied points of the expertise. Quibi additionally asserts that Eko has tried to “coerce” funds from Quibi associated to Eko’s personal patent.
In accordance with the Eko lawsuit, Eko’s patented expertise was shared with Quibi workers underneath a number of non-disclosure agreements. After being contacted by Eko, “Quibi ignored Eko’s warnings and Quibi secretly misappropriated Eko’s proprietary expertise,” the Eko go well with claims. “It hid its theft till making a large public splash in a keynote deal with on the January 2020 Shopper Electronics Present… proclaiming it as Quibi’s personal ‘Turnstyle’ expertise.”
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Eko alleges, “Quibi exploited the ‘stay-at-home’ orders as a advertising device to encourage folks to join its Turnstyle platform primarily based on the misappropriated Eko expertise.” Eko claimed it has “suffered reputational hurt” and mentioned it filed the movement for a preliminary injunction “to cease Quibi from capitalizing on its theft of Eko’s proprietary cell gadget optimized RTS expertise and to protect the established order.”
Previous to Eko’s authentic lawsuit, Quibi proactively filed a federal lawsuit in search of a judgment that its Turnstyle mobile-video expertise doesn’t infringe Eko’s patent and that Quibi didn’t steal commerce secrets and techniques.