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April 9, 2014

Amazon wins patent fight against Rovi

Rovi also claims its patents are more related to Amazon’s existing ones.

By CBR Staff Writer

Amazon achieved a patent infringement victory against Rovi, after the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the online retailer did not infringe Rovi’s interactive-programme guide patents.

In 2011, Amazon was alleged of infringing two of Rovi’s patents, with the first one involving the creation of an electronic programme guide on a TV screen and the other dealing with enabling viewer to pick and purchase a pay-per-view programmes.

Pointing towards Amazon’s ongoing drive to boost its video services, Rovi alleged that its patent portfolio is even more similar to Amazon’s existing ones than as it was when the proceedings started.

Rovi worldwide intellectual property and licensing executive vice president Samir Armaly said that the company was disappointed by this decision.

"It should be noted that this decision relates to only two patents in our extensive portfolio," Armaly added.

"We believe that our portfolio is even more relevant to Amazon today and going-forward than when the present litigation began in early 2011.

"Since that time, Amazon has continued to expand its video and over-the-top offerings through new products like the recently announced Fire TV.

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"We plan to continue to pursue Amazon going-forward to take the necessary licenses under our patent portfolio, not only to protect our rights but also the rights of our existing licensees in this space."

Rovi also filed a lawsuit against Roku and Netflix, while lost the case after the US International Trade Commission ruled that they did not infringe on its patents.

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