Nero Gets JVC's Optical Disc Patent Claims Thrown Out

Law360, Los Angeles (July 18, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday threw out allegations that Nero Inc.'s software for burning data onto DVDs and Blu-rays infringed JVC Kenwood Corp.’s standards-essential patents covering the manufacture of optical discs, saying the patent rights end when discs are sold to consumers.

U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer agreed with Nero that the defense of patent exhaustion applied to JVC's claims that Nero induced infringement by selling its disc-burning software to end-users of DVDs and Blu-rays. According to JVC, the software sales require a license...
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