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Kudelski Group, Apple settle patent litigation

Digital security specialist The Kudelski Group has entered into a comprehensive patent licence agreement with Apple. Under the agreement announced in a brief statement from Kudelski, the parties agreed to dismiss all pending patent litigation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In March 2016, a German court ruled against Apple in a video streaming patent case brought by Kudelski’s OpenTV unit in May 2014. The ruling stated that Apple products sold in Germany must not use streaming software that infringes OpenTV’s patents. “The [Open TV claim against Apple] claim is predominantly valid and well-founded,” the court ruled.

The suit covered three patents owned by OpenTV and its sister company NAGRA. Several Apple products and services had been alleged to be infringing the video streaming patents — including its iOS mobile devices, Apple TV, App Store, and OS X-based personal computers.

The May 2014 case followed a similar suit filed against Apple in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in April 2014.

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