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Netflix prevails in patent case with Rovi

Netflix posted a big win in a patent case with Rovi, a provider of digital entertainment guides.  Netflix and Rovi were sparring over five of patents related to various features and functionality used by the over-the-top (OTT) video service.

Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, US District Court, Northern District of California issued a ruling yesterday granting Netflix a motion for summary judgment, finding the five Rovi patents at issue invalid.

“We are disappointed in, and strongly disagree with, the court’s decision finding the five patents invalid and plan to appeal that decision,” Samir Armaly, Rovi’s executive vice president of intellectual property and licensing, said in a statement.

OTT providers such as Apple, Google and Hulu, as well as pay TV providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DISH Network, Charter  and DirecTV, have licensed Rovi patents, according to the company.