Video Streaming Cos. Hit With Import Bans In Slingbox Row

By Alex Lawson (December 6, 2013, 2:22 PM EST) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission issued an import ban Friday on products from Monsoon Multimedia Inc. and C2 Microsystems Inc. that it found to violate video "place shifting" patents held by Sling Media Inc., maker of the TV streaming device Slingbox.

The limited exclusion order and cease-and-desist orders are meant to shield Sling from the potentially damaging effects of imports that run afoul of six patents it asserted against a trio of companies in a complaint filed in March, the ITC said in a Federal Register notice.

"The commission has determined that the appropriate form of relief in this investigation is...

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