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When Does “Without Ads” Mean “With Ads”? When You Want To Abuse A Patent

Funimation is a successful anime streaming company.  It has a monthly subscription tier, which is ad-free, and a free tier, which includes advertisement.  This week, failed company Firtiva filed a lawsuit against Funimation.  The lawsuit asserts that Funimation violates Firtiva’s patent, U.S. 10,116,999, titled “Method for advertisers to sponsor broadcasts without commercials.” “Without commercials” apparently…