June 17, 2009 13:57 ET

Federal Court Rules CEIVA Patent Is Infringed by Frame Media

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - CEIVA Logic, Inc., (CEIVA) the leading provider of photo sharing services and connected digital photo frames, announced today that a Los Angeles Federal District Court has ruled that Frame Media, Inc. (Frame Media) infringes CEIVA's patent relating to its digital photo sharing system. The court found that Frame Media's use of its "FrameChannel" service to distribute images to connected photo frames violates CEIVA's US Patent No. 6,442,573 entitled, "Method and Apparatus for Distributing Picture Mail to a Frame Device Community."

Frame Media has a web-based photo sharing service called FrameChannel, and partners with digital frame manufacturers that make FrameChannel compatible frames. Frame Media uses its FrameChannel service to send photos, ads, and other images to those frames, and FrameChannel users agree to display the advertisements Frame Media sends to their frames.

In May 2009 CEIVA filed a motion for summary adjudication alleging Frame Media directly infringed CEIVA's patent by using the FrameChannel service to send images to connected photo frames. CEIVA alleged Frame Media unlawfully used an infringing system every time it used its FrameChannel photo sharing service to send image data to a FrameChannel-compatible frame. The Court agreed with CEIVA, holding that Frame Media was using its Frame Channel service to distribute images to connected frames in a manner that violated CEIVA's patent, and that CEIVA was entitled to a judgment against Frame Media as a matter of law.

In a related decision, Frame Media lost its bid to have the US Patent Office reexamine one of CEIVA's key patent claims that the Court ruled is infringed by Frame Media. In rejecting Frame Media's reexamination request on that claim, the US Patent Office determined that there was, "no substantial new question of patentability," and denied Frame Media's request.

"The Court's ruling is very favorable for CEIVA," said Gary Hecker of The Hecker Law Group, lead litigation counsel for CEIVA. "Now that Frame Media has been found to infringe, CEIVA will pursue a permanent injunction and damages."

CEIVA first introduced its revolutionary connected Digital Photo Frame and PicturePlan photo sharing services in 2000. CEIVA obtained its first patent in 2002, and has other patents pending.

About CEIVA Logic, Inc.

CEIVA,, the inventor of digital photo frames, provides lifestyle-enhancing products that enable families and friends to automatically share and display an endless slideshow of all their treasured digital photos. CEIVA Digital Photo Frames™ with PicturePlan® allow members to send photos directly to the frame from anywhere in the world, store an unlimited number of photos online and enjoy the worry-free PicturePlan Lifetime Warranty. Patented technology exclusively from CEIVA is designed for every generation to use with ease so that daily photo sharing is always a rewarding experience. CEIVA products are available through the CEIVA Store at and at select retailers both nationwide and internationally. CEIVA headquarters are located in Burbank, CA.

About The Hecker Law Group

The Hecker Law Group is one of the nation's leading intellectual property law firm boutiques. Founded in 1988, the firm's practice focuses on complex technology, internet, and entertainment matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets, and entertainment transactions. The firm clients past and present are many of the world's leading technology and entertainment companies. The firm's litigation group handles matters before State and Federal Courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. International Trade Commission, and has a strong track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for its clients in patent litigation matters.

Contact Information

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    Matthew Chisum
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    The Hecker Law Group
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    Gary A. Hecker, Esq.
    The Hecker Law Group
    Tel: 310-286-0377