Rovi litigation victory
June 9, 2015
Rovi, the digital entertainment technology company, has prevailed in an infringement proceeding in Italy. The proceeding was initiated by Card Mania and Italvideo, two consumer electronics companies, alleging that the Italian portions of two European Rovi patents (EP 0969662 and EP 1377049) are invalid and not infringed. Rovi counterclaimed that the patents are valid and infringed.
In May 2015, the Court of Turin in Italy issued its decision that Rovi is entitled to a total combined judgment of approximately $1,000,000. The Court of Turin had previously found the asserted patents valid and infringed by Card Mania and Italvideo.
“We’re pleased that the Italian Court upheld these two patents, found them infringed and awarded Rovi a substantial damages award, demonstrating the strength, relevance and value of Rovi’s patents,” said Samir Armaly, executive vice president of intellectual property and licensing, Rovi. “These are only two patents in our larger portfolio. Rovi has a well-established licensing program with many of the consumer electronics companies in Italy and throughout Europe. We look forward to growing our licensing program in this market.”