Video Startups Battle in Court Over New Tech

What would the world be like without video? Honestly, probably a lot more productive. But two video startups are now making dueling legal claims against the other.

Interactive video company Eko is accusing Quibi (same basic idea, but shorter) of infringing on its patented technology. At around the same time, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Quibi (which is launching its short-form mobile video service next month) has filed a complaint in California federal court claiming that Eko has engaged in “a campaign of threats and harassment.”

At the heart of the dispute is Quibi’s Turnstyle technology, which allows viewers to seamlessly switch between landscape and portrait-mode viewing.

“Our Turnstyle technology was developed internally at Quibi by our talented engineers and we have, in fact, received a patent for it,” Quibi said in a statement. “These claims have absolutely no merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against them in court.” Meanwhile, in a statement, Eko described Quibi’s technology as “a near-identical copy of its own,” and said the company’s legal motion is “nothing more than a PR stunt”:

Well, the mobile videos may be short, but this is shaping up to be a long legal fight between two companies who could probably put the funds to better use. But that’s how it goes. Disputes are EVERYWHERE. And when those nasty things like landlord/tenant matters, contract issues, nuisance ADA claims and even collections threaten YOU or YOUR business, call in the good guy business litigator Dean Sperling who will resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind!

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