A District Court of Munich, Germany, has ruled that Netflix is illegally using a patent held by San Jose, Calif.-based Broadcom related to HEVC/H.265 video coding, which is used for ultra high-definition streaming. The court issued an injunction Sept. 19 requiring Netflix to cease and desist all further use of the patented software for streaming video in Germany.
The streamer currently has more than 13.2 million subscribers in Germany since launching in the country in 2014.
Since 2018, Netflix and Broadcom have been engaged in a wide-ranging patent dispute whereby Broadcom has accused Netflix of infringing numerous U.S., German, and Dutch patents operating as the largest subscription streaming VOD service in the world.
The European patent at issue — EP 2 575 366 (“‘366 Patent”) — covers key features of digital video processing often used in HEVC/H.265 video coding. The resulting injunction prohibits Netflix from providing certain video streaming utilizing Broadcom’s patented technology.
“Netflix has built a robust video streaming business that relies on Broadcom’s patented technology to deliver content to its users, and Broadcom is pleased to see this recognized by the German court,” Mark Terrano, VP and GM of Broadcom’s Intellectual Property and Licensing Division, said in a statement.
A representative from Netflix was not immediately available for comment.