BEIJING (PingWest) — Chinese viral short video app TikTok which was owned by the world’s most valuable unicorn ByteDance, has been sued by rival Triller, which accused TikTok of infringing on the feature that allows users to stick together multiple videos with one single audio track, according to Reuters.
Video-sharing app Triller filed the suit in the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Texas, claiming in a complaint field on Wednesday that TikTok and its China-based parent company ByteDance Ltd willfully infringed on Triller’s U.S. patent No. 9,691,429 by importing and selling its app for iPhones and Android-based smartphones.
The patent credits David Leiberman, CEO and Co-Founder of Triller, and Sumuel Rubin, Co-Founder and Head of Product of Triller. The patent was granted on June 27, 2017 after it was originally filling on April 11, 2015. The patent focuses on “Gree Screen Video”, a feature that allows users to shoot multiple videos and synchronize them with one audio track.
Triller says in the filling that TikTok was served notice of its infringement on July 27, 2020 by email.
Triller is also seeking an injunction against further infringements and unspecified damages from TikTok, although it is not the only company that infringed TikTok’s patent, but the largest.