TiVo wins Comcast patent case

An International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling has confirmed that Comcast “violated” two TiVo Patents. The decision says that Comcast’s infringements occurred on patents owned by Rovi Corp, now part of TiVo.

The ITC decision means that Comcast’s highly-specified X1 set-top boxes are now banned from being imported.

TiVo’s share price rose 12 per cent in late trading on November 21st to $19.75.

“Today’s commission opinion reinforces the need for Comcast to take the necessary licenses,” TiVo said in a statement.

The argument between TiVo and Comcast started when the two were unable to come to terms and renew a patent licensing deal with set-top box makers Arris and Technicolor, which manufacture the boxes for Comcast in Mexico and Asia. Comcast has reportedly swapped certain core TiVo metadata and now uses Gracenote for its interactive programme guide.

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