A Texas jury Oct. 14 denied a $41 million patent infringement claim against Roku by MV3 Partners LLC that alleged the Los Gatos, Calif.-based manufacturer of streaming media devices and Internet-connected televisions violated its technology patents.
The seven-person jury in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas in Waco deliberated five hours before reaching its verdict after the five-day trial. In a statement, Roku said it was pleased with the outcome.
“We are pleased with today’s non-infringement verdict, which vindicates our position that Roku has no liability to MV3 Partners in this case,” Joe Hollinger, VP of litigation and intellectual property at Roku, said in a statement. “We appreciate the efforts of the court and jury during these challenging times.”
In the complaint, filed last year, MV3 Partners alleged that Roku earns “hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and profit selling streaming media players and smart TVs nationwide that incorporate MV3’s patented mobile streaming invention,” all without payment to or license from MV3.
The company’s lawyer last year, in a press release, claimed the case would be a watershed moment for the multi-billion dollar streaming content industry, encompassing giants such as Netflix, Disney, Hulu, Amazon and Apple.
Jonathan Waldrop, the patent litigator working for MV3 Partners, said the case was the beginning of MV3’s campaign to obtain just compensation for the use of its technology by key streaming device manufacturers such as Roku, Microsoft, Samsung and Apple.
It wasn’t immediately clear if MV3 Partners would appeal the decision.