Social video platform Triller filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Tiktok & its parent company ByteDance. The suit, which was filed in U.S p Court, claims TikTok is infringing on Triller’s U.S Patent No. 9,691,429, which covers “systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track.”
The patent credits Triller co-founders David Leiberman & Samuel Rubin as the inventors. It was originally filed on April 11, 2015 and granted on June 27, 2017.
The patent describes a way to create videos syncing to audio, including in some cases, when one or more video takes are captured while the selected audio track plays.
Triller’s filing shows how TikTok works, in terms of choosing a single audio track to play alongside a video. It also points to a Tiktok newsroom blog post dated December 11, 2019, where TikTok introduces a new “green screen video” effect. The post describes the effect as a way users can shoot over videos playing in the background synced to audio. This is presented as an example of the infringing use in the lawsuit.
Triller may be planning to pursue its patent claims against other competitors as well, including Dubsmash, Instagram (for its Reels product) and Lomotif.