May 24, 2021
Rovi Guides has filed a new patent infringement action against Videotron in the Federal Court of Canada. The action includes four of Rovi’s patents relating to advanced DVR functionality, delivering video programming in multiple formats, and switching between broadcast and streaming programs.
Rovi Guides, which is a subsidiary of Xperi Holding Corp., is software that enables third-party digital content distributors and CE manufacturers to find, manage and watch TV shows and movies on digital platforms and devices. Other Xperi brands include TiVo, DTS, Imax Enhanced, Invensas, HD Radio and Perceive.
The new suit adds to Rovi’s existing litigation against Videotron, which is pending a decision from the Federal Court of Canada. That litigation was filed before Videotron launched its next-generation Helix platform and alleges infringement of different patents by Videotron’s legacy platform.
“We have successfully licensed the other leading operators that use the very same technology that powers Videotron’s Helix platform and remain committed to finding a mutually acceptable resolution,” Samir Armaly, president, IP licensing of Xperi, said in a statement. “While we remain very confident in our ability to achieve a positive [legal[ outcome, when commercial negotiations prove unsuccessful, as they have to date with Videotron, litigation becomes necessary to protect our valuable intellectual property.”
While litigation continues, Xperi continues to advance its software licensing business north of the border including renewal and extension of patent license agreements with pay-TV operators. Xperi’s continued investment has resulted in the company’s Canadian patent portfolio to grow more than 60% during the past year. The patents are part of a portfolio of more than 11,000 patents and applications worldwide.