Apple Sued Over OpenTV Interactive Patents

Two subsidiaries of a Swiss technology firm, Kudelski Group sued Apple Inc. alleging  the iPhone maker infringed five U.S. patents that cover just about anything done on smartphones, tablets, digital TVs and digital computers.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, by OpenTV Inc. and Nagravision says Apple products made unlicensed use of patented technologies for storing, managing, delivering, securing, playing and viewing interactive content on Apple devices.

OpenTV, based in San Francisco, was founded in 1996 as a joint ventural of Thomson Multimedia and Sun Microsystems to delivery TV and other media content through cable, satellite and wired networks. Nagravision, located in Cheseaux, Switzerland, provides methods for accessing interactive TV content.

The lawsuit states the parent company, Kudelski, is a world leader in digital security and media solutions for delivery of digital and interactive content.

It was founded in 1951 by inventor Stefan Kudelski, who invented the Nagra line of portable recording devices for movies, TV and radio recording.  It continued to expand over the years to develop in the digital television domain and provide solutions to manage and secure digital content, regardless of how it was transmitted, according to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges Apple relies on the OpenTV and Nagravision patent technology to create synergies between different Apple products.

The success of Apple’s vast line of products in recent years “has come after core technologies underlying these products and services were developed by others, including, in the present case, pioneering technologies developed by OptenTV and Nagravision,” according to the lawsuit.

Case:  OpenTV Inc v. Apple, Inc.,  No. 14-1622


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