Spotify, the European music-streaming service that started in the United States two weeks ago, is already getting a taste of the U.S. legal system.
San Diego-based PacketVideo Corp. sued the company for patent infringement July 27 in federal court in San Diego. PacketVideo sued Spotify last month in the Netherlands over a European patent.
According to the complaint, PacketVideo produces software employed in media applications including those used for music and video. According to the complaint, the company's software "is currently embedded in more than 260 million devices worldwide and more than 320 different products."
Chief Technology Officer Osama Al-Shaykh said that PacketVideo acquired the patents in 2007 as part of its acquisition of Basel, Switzerland-based SDC AG and waited to sue because "it took us a while to do our homework before we strongly believed that there is an infringement on our patents."
He said the company hopes the case can be settled.
Alison Bonny, a spokeswoman for Spotify, said by email that Spotify uses its own proprietary technology. "Spotify is strongly contesting PacketVideo's claim," she said.
Frederick Lorig, Steven Anderson and Christopher Mathews, partners in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, represent PacketVideo. Bonny declined to say who was representing Spotify.
The case is PacketVideo Corp. v. Spotify USA Inc., 11-cv- 1659, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).