PTAB Presses Rovi To Explain Why Set-Top Tech Isn't Obvious

Law360 (February 13, 2020, 8:02 PM EST) -- Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges asked Rovi Guides Inc. on Thursday why it thinks a patent on a cable set-top box interactive system can survive a challenge from Comcast, which points to earlier technology to argue that the invention was obvious.

Rovi has been embroiled for years in a dispute with Comcast Cable Communications LLC that has also landed at the U.S. International Trade Commission, which banned import of certain Comcast boxes over the issue. The cable giant is still fighting the ITC ruling through a Federal Circuit appeal.

Rovi’s patent infringement suit against Comcast over the set-top boxes, which allow...

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