Generative AI company FriendliAI filed a patent infringement lawsuit on Friday in Delaware District Court. The suit targets competitor Hugging Face Inc., which developed an inference server called Text Generation Inference for Large Language Models; according to the complaint, TGI’s reliance on ‘continuous’ or ‘dynamic’ batching is copied from FriendliAI’s patented inference serving system called ‘PeriFlow’ a/k/a ‘Orca.’ The suit was filed by Potter Anderson & Corroon and Fenwick & West. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendant. The case is 1:23-cv-00816, FriendliAI Inc. v. Hugging Face Inc.
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