Last week the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision declaring Rovi’s EP 0 862 833 patent to be invalid. In a statement, issued to Broadband TV News, Rovi said it would continue to defend its 5,000 issued and pending patents, which were not “reliant on any single patent or the outcome of a particular case”.
“Rovi is confident in the strength of its patent licensing business. Many leading service providers, content providers and consumer electronics manufacturers continue to benefit from the value that our patent portfolio brings to their entertainment offerings. This is shown by several recent patent license announcements, including last month’s renewal with Sky, the UK’s largest service provider.”
The company said it was committed to defending its valuable intellectual property from ongoing infringement.
Virgin has now won 11 patent infringement cases against Rovi – the company disputes the number – and although Ziggo has previously won cases against the company its parent Liberty Global is signed up to Rovi’s licensing program.