Veveo, Inc. v. Comcast Corp. et al. (18-cv-10056).

  • January 12, 2018

Veveo filed suit against a variety of Comcast entities alleged to do business in Massachusetts, accusing them of infringing U.S. 7,779,011 and 7,937,394, which relate to network-based searches on cable set-top boxes and other devices using numeric keypads. Veveo alleges that it had provided information on the technology to Comcast under a confidentiality agreement, and Comcast eventually licensed the technology. When Comcast developed its own search technology and terminated the license in 2013, Veveo sued Comcast for patent infringement, which it voluntarily dismissed after Comcast assured Veveo it would reenter business dealings with Veveo. A second suit was filed in 2016 in the Sourthern District of New York, asserting the patents-in-suit as well as others belonging to Rovi, Veveo 2019s corporate owner; that case is stayed pending inter partes review of the 2018696 patent and the Rovi patents. An ITC complaint was also filed by Rovi, resulting in a ban on importation of Comcast infringing set-top boxes. Veveo asserts that, despite the ITC ruling and the fact that every other major pay-TV provider in the United States licenses the Rovi/Veveo technology, Comcast continues to provide infringing search functionality without taking a license. Veveo seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions and enhanced damages for willfulness.

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