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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated today an earlier decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) regarding a dispute between a group of adult entertainment companies and WAG Acquisition LLC over buffering systems for streaming media.

The adult companies are WebPower, Inc.; FriendFinder Networks, Inc.; Streamray, Inc.; WMM, LLC; WMM Holdings, LLC; Multi Media, LLC; DuoDecad IT Services Luxembourg S.A.R.L.; Accretive Technology Group, Inc.; ICF Technology, Inc.; Riser Apps LLC; StreamMe, Inc. and fka Vubeology, Inc.

The issue is over U.S. Patent No. 8,122,141 (aka the “141 patent”), owned by WAG Acquisition. WebPower initially sought a PTAB review of the patent, which began in January 2017, and the other companies joined as parties in June 2017. PTAB reviewed claims 10-23 of the ‘141 patent and found them “unpatentable.”