Amazon wins patent fight with Rovi in appeals court

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 08, 2014 12:44 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rovi, which sells television guide programs to cable providers, lost a patent fight with on Tuesday when an appeals court upheld a decision by a Delaware district court.

Rovi had accused Amazon of infringing on two patents, one which creates an electronic program guide on a television screen and another which allows a viewer to select and purchase a pay-per-view program.

In both patents, Judge Richard Andrews of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware narrowly defined what the "claims," or portions of patents, did in such a way that forced Rovi to drop its argument for infringement.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent appeals, agreed with the lower court.

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Neither Rovi nor Amazon immediately responded to requests for comment and it was not immediately clear if Rovi would appeal the case further or drop it.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)