Comcast Found Once Again to Infringe on Rovi IP
Comcast Needs to Pay Licensing Fees If It Wants to Continue Providing
Advanced Cable Features
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TiVo
Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) received a favorable determination by
Administrative Law Judge MaryJoan McNamara of the International Trade
Commission (ITC) that Comcast’s X1 platform infringes Rovi’s patents.
“We are thrilled by yet another legal victory,” said Arvin Patel,
Executive Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Rovi
Corporation, a TiVo company. “This decision demonstrates Comcast’s
repeated infringement of Rovi’s patents. We hope that today’s decision
will encourage Comcast to pay the necessary licensing fees so their
customers can once again access advanced cable features.”
This is the second favorable ITC determination the Company has received
from the ITC. In November 2017, the ITC issued a final ruling that
Comcast had infringed two Rovi patents around ‘remote record’
functionality. Comcast subsequently elected to remove this popular
feature from their products.
Additionally, on May 23, 2019, the ITC instituted a third investigation
into Comcast for infringing six Rovi patents including: X1 Sports App,
multi-room DVR features, and set-top box integrations of apps like
Netflix. That investigation has also been assigned to Administrative Law
In November 2017, the ITC issued a final ruling that Comcast had
infringed Rovi patents resulting in a “limited exclusion order” that
forced Comcast to remove popular features from their products that
their competitors have access to because they pay the license.
One such feature that Comcast was forced to remove was the ability to
record television shows remotely, rather than having to be in front of
the television you are recording on.
Prior to today’s ruling, Administrative Law Judge McNamara had
rejected by summary determination Comcast’s contention that the ITC
had no jurisdiction over Comcast because it was not an importer under
Section 337 of the ITC Act.
TiVo’s US portfolio alone has 2,271 patents and 53 US issuances year
- TiVo has a worldwide portfolio of over 5,500 patents.
In 2018, TiVo was issued 489 new patents worldwide — a record year
for patent issuances.
The 2018 portfolio additions cover a wide variety of everyday media
experiences, including key technologies to the Xfinity X1 experience.
TiVo has patents in the following areas: Advertising, Analytics, DVR,
Guide, Search and Rec, Interactive TV and apps, AR/VR, Multi-screen,
parental controls, VOD/OTT, Social Media, Sports, Personalization and
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