High Court holds patents invalid in adult TV guide case

Mr Justice Arnold has handed down his decision in the case of Starsight Telecast Inc and United Video Properties Inc v Virgin Media Ltd, Virgin Media Payments Ltd and TiVo Inc [2014] EWHC 828 (Pat).

Starsight and United Video (collectively ‘Rovi’) claimed that Virgin and TiVo (collectively ‘Virgin’) infringe EP (UK) 1 763 234, which was an ‘improved electronic television programme schedule guide system and method’ and EP (UK) 0 821 856 for ‘merging multi-source information in a television system’ by supplying two different classes of set-top box (STBs). Specifically, both of Virgin’s STBs were capable of providing the user with a ‘TV Guide’ and performing functions that allowed the user to ‘Hide Adult Channels’ or have an ‘Alternative Adult Listing Display’ by entering a PIN and accessing the STBs’ respective parental controls menu…

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