Widevine has launched a patent infringement lawsuit against its content protection rival Verimatrix. According to Widevine, the lawsuit follows attempts by Widevine to license its intellectual property to Verimatrix and represents the often-bitter feelings between companies in the content protection sector.
Widevine is alleging, “Verimatrix has wilfully infringed and continues to wilfully infringe Widevine’s patent rights”. The company claims that the Verimatrix Content Authority System (VCAS), “infringes on Widevine’s Apparatus, System and Method for Selectively Encrypting Different Portions of Data Sent Over A Network patent number 7,165,175”.
In a statement, Verimatrix strongly denied the claims: “Verimatrix has yet to be formally served with the suit, but feels strongly that it must respond to the assertions made today in the press and elsewhere. Verimatrix is confident that its products and technologies do not infringe on Widevine’s patents and will vigorously defend itself against Widevine’s unsupported claims.”