TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO), a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, today announced that Rovi Corporation, a TiVo company, and related Rovi affiliates filed new patent infringement lawsuits against Comcast Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
The lawsuits allege that Comcast’s X1 platform infringes technology invented and patented by Rovi, including pausing and resuming shows on different devices, restarting live programming in progress, advanced DVR recording features, and advanced search & voice functionality. The patents involved in the new complaints represent a very small component of Rovi’s worldwide patent portfolio.
“Through decades-long investment in research and development, Rovi has created innovations that delight consumers in their day-to-day entertainment experience. Our commitment to our customers and stockholders compels us to protect these valuable inventions from unlicensed use,” said Enrique Rodriguez, president and CEO, TiVo. “Hundreds of media and entertainment leaders around the world recognize the value of our innovations by selecting our products and services and licensing our intellectual property. Our goal is for Comcast to renew its long-standing license so it can continue providing its customers the many popular features Rovi invented.”
In addition to today’s filings, Rovi plans to file an additional legal action with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding the same patents, and will be seeking an exclusion order preventing infringing X1 set-top boxes from continuing to be imported into the United States. In November 2017, the ITC ruled that Comcast infringed two Rovi patents and issued an exclusion order, effectively barring the importation and sale of infringing X1 set-top boxes.
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