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  • OpenTV Sues Apple for Alleged Patent Infringement

    The interactive digital television firm, OpenTV, recently filed a suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents. Each of the patents relate to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices with OpenTV seeking compensation or royalties along with supplemental damages for the alleged infringement.

    According to the complaint which dates back to the late 1990s to early 2000s, all of the issues deal with storing, securing and disseminating media to end user devices. To be more specific the language in the document mainly appears to apply to digital video, broadcast and satellite transmissions. The plaintiffs also noted that their parent company, Kudelski Group, has licensed its patent portfolio to several tech companies including Cisco, Disney and Google.

    For those of you who didn’t know, OpenTV was an early player in the digital television industry that provided middleware, which allowed users a certain level of interactivity with their set-top boxes. The company’s software currently powers DISH Network’s interactive shopping program, QVC’s real-time television shopping services, and CNN Enhanced TV. As consumption of digital TV has evolved, OpenTV has reportedly migrated to the new age as well, now concentrating on video-on-demand, personal video recording and other enhanced television applications.

    We’ll have to wait and see if the plaintiff’s win out or if Apple manages to hold its ground. In the meantime, Apple has found itself in the middle of another legal battle.

    Source: Re/code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: OpenTV Sues Apple for Alleged Patent Infringement started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      I remember them from the 90's, they sucked raw eggs back then and probably still do!