German court rules against Apple in video streaming patent case

German court rules against Apple in video streaming patent case

By Dan Levine & Georgina Prodhan

(Reuters) – A German court has ruled against Apple Inc in a case over video streaming patents, handing Kudelski's OpenTV unit a victory in its ongoing intellectual property licensing campaign against major technology companies.

OpenTV sued Apple in 2014, alleging that various products infringe its patents, including the iPhone & iPad. 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.

p> It is unclear what steps Apple will take to comply with the ruling, or whether it will appeal.

Apple representatives could not immediately be reached for comment. A Kudelski spokesman declined to comment.

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

"The claim is predominantly valid & well-founded," the Dusseldorf court said in its ruling on Tuesday.

OpenTV moreover has pending patent litigation against Apple in the United States. It struck a licensing deal with Cisco in 2014, shortly before initiating lawsuits against Apple.

(Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco & Georgina Prodhan in Frankfurt; Editing by Leslie Adler & Chris Reese)

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Source: “Reuters”

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