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Widevine alleges patent breach

August 3, 2007

Widevine has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Verimatrix for unspecified damages. The lawsuit comes following attempts by Widevine to openly license its intellectual property to Verimatrix. Widevine claims it has important intellectual property in the field of content protection with a robust patent portfolio of 8 issued patents and approximately 45 domestic and international patents pending.

Widevine alleges that Verimatrix has willfully infringed Widevine’s patent rights. Widevine previously provided Verimatrix with the opportunity to openly license the selective encryption patent. Verimatrix has not responded to the open licensing opportunity. “Widevine is a leading global creator of intellectual property innovations to protect multimedia content delivered over managed networks and the open internet. Widevine's intellectual property is one of our core assets and represents the work product of our engineers and millions of dollars of research and development. When our intellectual property is taken, without our permission or through unauthorized licensing, we have no option but to protect it through every means available to us,” said Widevine Technologies' General Counsel Mani Aliabadi.

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