Rovi Launches ITC Suit Over TV Guide, V-Chip Patents

Law360, New York (November 16, 2011, 7:36 PM EST) -- Rovi Corp. on Tuesday lodged a complaint in the U.S. International Trade Commission against Vizio Inc. and Haier Group Co., claiming the electronics manufacturers were importing televisions and Blu-ray players that infringed patents covering on-screen program guides and parental controls.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Rovi and its subsidiaries, including Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., seek to stop Vizio and Haier from importing products using interactive programming guides and parental control technology that allegedly infringe four patents.

Vizio and Haier produce, import and sell liquid crystal display televisions and...
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