German court denies Rovi’s request to ban LG televisions

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German court denies Rovi’s request to ban LG televisions

A jury in Germany sided with Korean TV maker LG Electronics in a patent lawsuit filed by Rovi, the digital entertainment technology company, LG Electronics said yesterday.

The Mannheim District Court dismissed Rovi’s request to ban sales of LG Electronics’ TVs and damages from LG for infringing on its patent of designating multiple groups of preferred TV channels while watching TV.

According to LG Electronics, Rovi demanded excessive amounts in technology license fees at the end of last year.

After LG Electronics refused to pay, the company filed the injunction in April.

LG Electronics reportedly told the court that the patent claimed by Rovi is not related to the technology applied to its TVs.

Rovi has filed similar patent infringement suits against TV manufacturers such as Philips, Sony and Panasonic and won the suits.

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