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Activist investor hedge fund reportedly financing Eko lawsuit against Quibi over Turnstyle feature

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Hedge fund Elliott Administration Corp. is financing Eko’s patent lawsuit towards streaming service Quibi, The Wall Street Journal reports. Eko’s go well with claims that Quibi stole commerce secrets and techniques and that its “Turnstyle” function violates Eko’s patents. Turnstyle permits Quibi movies to play in another way relying on the orientation —vertical or horizontal— of the viewer’s cellphone, switching in actual time.

Eko desires Quibi to cease utilizing its know-how or license it and is suing for a preliminary injunction and damages. As a part of the financing association, Elliott would get an fairness stake in Eko, in keeping with the WSJ, although it’s not clear how a lot cash is concerned.

Quibi, the cellular video app that launched final month, raised practically $2 billion to provide “fast chunk” reveals that final a max of 10 minutes. It filed a lawsuit against Eko a day earlier than Eko filed its go well with, asking a courtroom to seek out that Turnstyle doesn’t infringe Eko’s patent. Quibi informed The Verge in March that Turnstyle was its patented know-how and that Eko’s claims had been “with out advantage.”

Eko and Quibi didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon Sunday. Elliott Administration additionally didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Elliott Administration is understood for aggressive investor activism, backed by greater than $40 billion in capital. The group was behind a latest push to exchange Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter. The 2 sides reached an agreement in March that allowed Dorsey to stay as CEO however gave Elliott govt Jesse Cohn a seat on Twitter’s board, and a seat on a board committee tasked with evaluating a CEO succession plan for Twitter.

(Disclosure: Vox Media, which owns The Verge, has a cope with Quibi to provide a Polygon Every day Important, and there have been talks a few Verge present.)

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