Switzerland
04 August 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Apple and Kudelski end OpenTV dispute


Apple and Kudelski Group have agreed to settle their patent infringement dispute.

Kudelski confirmed on 2 August that an agreement with Apple had been reached, but financial terms were not disclosed.

The first accusations of patent infringement against Apple arrived in 2014, with Kudelski’s subsidiaries, OpenTV and Nagravision, then filing three lawsuits against Apple in 2015, alleging that it had infringed their video streaming patents through its iOS mobile devices and Apple TV.

A Düsseldorf District Court in Germany ruled against Apple earlier this year, finding that OpenTV’s claims were “predominantly valid and well-founded”.

Kudelski has been aggressively asserting its patents and actively entering into patent licensing agreements since it acquired OpenTV in 2010. It has signed up Verizon and Yahoo.

Kudelski also signed a broad patent licensing agreement with RPX Corporation, a defensive patent aggregator, on 3 August.

The deal will allow RPX to sub-license patents owned by Kudelski to a limited number of companies. Kudelski will receive an upfront payment, mutual patent risk clearance and future transfer of patents from RPX.

Kudelski has also joined the RPX client network as part of the agreement.

Joe Chernesky, senior vice president of intellectual property and innovation at Kudelski, said of the deal: “Operating companies benefit when they respect each other’s intellectual property rights and license patents in a reasonable and collaborative manner.”

RPX executive vice president Mallun Yen added: “In bringing together operating companies in complex deals such as this one, we reduce the uncertainty of patent-related risk and continue to transform the patent market with our clearinghouse approach.”

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