Software maker OpenTV on Tuesday slammed Apple with a lawsuit against alleged infringement of five patents associated to transferring and storing the digital content to personalized electronic devices.
OpenTV was an early entrant in the arena of digital television industry, it provides middleware, which enables set top boxes to be interactive with the users. The company’s software was among the first few to provide Internet browser in TV. Presently, OpenTV is providing software solutions that enable video on-demand services and digital video recorders.
In accordance with the complaint filed by the firm in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, OpenTV is asking the court to grant it undisclosed compensation for Apple’s alleged infringement. These patents were registered by the OpenTV in 1990s and early 2000s.
As per the lawsuit, Apple’s iTunes software allegedly downloads or streams rented movies, which infringes OpenTV’s patents for safely distributing the media to end user devices. The lawsuit also claims that companies such as, Cisco, Google and Disney are using its licensed technology, which was granted by OpenTV’s parent company Kudelski Group.
Apple has not yet come out with any statement regarding the issue. However, It would be interesting to see what the court decides in this case.