Set-top box maker software loses Dutch patent case against Netflix




OpenTV, a maker of software for set-top boxes, has lost a patent case brought by it against Netflix. The judge goes along with the argument that a Netflix OpenTV patent, which “linked media services’ are described, is insufficient innovative.

The firm OpenTV began last year a court in the Netherlands against Netflix. The streaming video service would be a total of seven patents violate OpenTV. One is a patent which “linked media services’ are described. The District Court of The Hague has now ruled that the relevant patent is not innovative enough and sufficiently inventive. Thus the patent claim is rejected. OpenTV also must pay the costs.

The verdict Netflix achieves a major victory: OpenTV had demanded that Netflix his activities in the Netherlands should stop because it would infringe on the patent. OpenTV also demanded that Netflix lost its profit.

To Computerworld let a lawyer Netflix know that he is very satisfied with the “legitimate decision”. He also argued that the patents OpenTV now been declared void and therefore worthless.

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