AST acquires patent portfolios from Napster, Intertainer

AST, a provider of “proactive patent risk mitigation solutions,” said it acquired, on behalf of its members, two streaming multimedia patent portfolios.

“Pursuant to AST’s catch and release model, these portfolios are now available on the open market through ICAP Patent Brokerage (or ICAP IP) for purchase subject to all prior licenses,” said AST.

“The first patent portfolio, which holds patent assets in peer to peer media (P2P media) was acquired from Napster (now known as Rhapsody), a leading streaming music services company.

“The second patent portfolio, consisting of multimedia content patent families focused on streaming media, was acquired from Intertainer, a patent holding company that owned patents for streaming online content and digital media.

“The P2P media patent portfolio is generally related to multimedia data with innovations including authorizing content distribution to users’ devices, quickly searching content and distributing content across platforms and channels.

“The technology may be implemented in multimedia playback devices, mobile phones, tablets, etc. and services such as streaming media, VoD, TV content, multimedia data, online movies, satellite TV content, etc. and in content distribution networks, peer to peer networks, etc …

“The streaming media patent portfolio is generally related to multimedia content with innovations including marketing digital media content through suppliers, creating interactive video content, managing digital media based on aggregate user profile information.

“The technology may be implemented for interactive content creation, media streaming, web TV, multimedia network service providers, on demand video providers, advertisers, satellite TV providers, etc …”