Stingray Digital Group Inc.
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Stingray Digital Group Inc.

October 23, 2017 13:30 ET

Stingray Announces Initiation of Inter Partes Review Proceedings by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Against Music Choice Patent Portfolio

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 23, 2017) - Stingray (TSX:RAY.A)(TSX:RAY.B), a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider, today announced that that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Stingray's requests and initiated inter partes review (IPR) proceedings against U.S. Patent Nos. 8,769,602, 9,357,245, 7,320,025 and 9,351,045 owned by Music Choice. A ruling on Stingray's request for an IPR in respect of Patent No. 9,414,121 is anticipated in November, 2017.

"The initiation of these IPR proceedings by the PTAB are significant decisions in favor of Stingray. While we have an abiding appreciation for the patent process in the U.S., we believe that the applicable claims of these patents are invalid for failing to be novel and/or for being obvious. We are pleased that the PTAB, by its action to institute the formal review process, agrees that there is reason to doubt the validity of the applicable claims," stated Eric Boyko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stingray. "While more remains to be done, this is a significant step toward invalidating the applicable claims of the Music Choice patents."

About Stingray

Stingray (TSX:RAY.A)(TSX:RAY.B) is the world-leading provider of multiplatform music services and digital experiences for pay TV operators, commercial establishments, OTT providers, mobile operators, and more. Stingray's services include audio television channels, premium television channels, 4K UHD television channels, karaoke products, digital signage, in-store music, music apps, and more. Geared towards individuals and businesses alike, Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or users) in 156 countries and its mobile apps have been downloaded over 90 million times. Stingray is headquartered in Montreal and currently has close to 350 employees worldwide. For more information : www.stingray.com.

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Contact Information

  • Lloyd Feldman
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel
    & Corporate Secretary
    Stingray Digital Group Inc.
    1 514-664-1244, ext. 2428
    lfeldman@stingray.com