Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has filed a lawsuit against a former employee over the rights to software that he developed while working at Comcast in Colorado. The defendant is Robert Orlowski.
Orlowski used the software to create a company called Tuning Analytics LLC. Tuning Analytics markets and sells software that can track a TV watcher’s viewing habits based on data from their set-top box. Orlowski had filed two patents that protects the technology used in the software. Comcast believes that they own the rights to the software and the patents.
Orlowski was employed by Comcast when he developed the software. Howver, he said that he developed the software over the course of about 1,000 hours from his own home and he spent $10,000 of his own money on it.
Comcast claims that Orlowski signed them up for a trial of the Tuning Analytics software on the cable giant’s behalf while he was still employed at the company. The court documents say that Orlowski did not inform Comcast of his connection to the company. He tried to license the software to Comcast for 6 years in a deal that was worth $12.5 million.
The software helps broadcasters tailor services to viewers in a way that could potentially increase their revenue as a result. Orlowski said that Tuning Analytics has been dissolved and his is representing himself in the lawsuit.