Nero Seeks Escape From JVC Suit Over Optical Disc Patents

Law360, Los Angeles (April 23, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT) -- Software developer Nero Inc. urged a California federal judge Tuesday to throw out allegations that its 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.

The defense of patent exhaustion, Nero told U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer, applies to JVC's allegations that it induced infringement by selling its disc-burning software to end-users of DVDs and Blu-rays. According to JVC, the software sales require...
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