Roku Wipes Out Remote Control Patents At PTAB

By Andrew Karpan (March 30, 2021, 7:41 PM EDT) -- The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has scratched out claims in two remote control device patents that Universal Electronics Inc. has accused Roku of infringing in parallel litigation in California federal court.

In a pair of rulings handed down Monday, a three-judge PTAB panel said all the claims Roku Inc. had challenged in two patents owned by Universal Electronics Inc. were rendered obvious by collections of prior art references.

Universal Electronics, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based electronics company, asserted the patents in an infringement case against Roku in 2018. Universal alleged that a variety of Roku's remote control devices infringed a collection of...

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