German court rules against Apple in OpenTV patent case

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A  German court on Wednesday ruled against Apple in a case over video streaming patents, reports Reuters. The court found the iPhone maker in infringement of digital content streaming patents owned by OpenTV.

OpenTV first sued Apple in 2014, alleging that various products infringe its patents, including the iPhone and iPad. It has also gone after other major technology companies as part of an ongoing IP licensing campaign.

The ruling on Tuesday from the Dusseldorf District Court said Apple products sold in Germany must not use streaming software which infringes OpenTV’s patents. It is unclear what steps Apple will take to comply with the ruling, or whether it will appeal.

Kudelski has developed and acquired a range of movie and digital TV technologies over several decades, and became a player in the streaming-video market by virtue of its 2010 acquisition of OpenTV.

Of course it’s very likely that Apple will appeal this ruling, but it still marks a significant win for Kudelski in a battle we will continue to watch. The company has a similar lawsuit pending against Apple here in the U.S.

Source: Reuters