TiVo is pursuing new patent litigation in its fight against Comcast, following its success at the International Trade Commission.
The litigation involves Rovi, which acquired TiVo in early 2016, and alleges that Comcast’s X1 platform infringes on Rovi IP with its features for pausing and resuming shows on different devices, restarting live programming in progress, advanced PVR recording features, and advanced search and voice functionality.
TiVo will also file action with the ITC regarding the same patents, seeking an order to prevent infringing X1 boxes from import into the US.
Comcast has since disabled those capabilities. The cable company has said that less than 1% of its customers use the feature and that it will be restored following the conclusion of its ITC appeal.
“Through decades-long investment in research and development, Rovi has created innovations that delight consumers in their day-to-day entertainment experience. Our commitment to our customers and stockholders compels us to protect these valuable inventions from unlicensed use,” said Enrique Rodriguez, president and CEO, TiVo.
“Hundreds of media and entertainment leaders around the world recognize the value of our innovations by selecting our products and services and licensing our intellectual property. Our goal is for Comcast to renew its long-standing license so it can continue providing its customers the many popular features Rovi invented.”