ActiveVideo Seeks Injunction In Patent Case Against Verizon

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ActiveVideo Networks filed for an injunction Friday against Verizon Communications, seeking a ruling barring the telco's FiOS TV service from infringing its patents after ActiveVideo won a jury decision last week in its litigation against Verizon.

ActiveVideo filed the motion in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Verizon spokesman Ed McFadden said, "There is no basis for an injunction."

ActiveVideo's largest customer is Cablevision Systems, which has also been engaged in a patent dispute with Verizon. The vendor announced its intention to seek an injunction last week after a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded ActiveVideo $115 million after finding Verizon's deployment of FiOS TV violated four of the five patents asserted by ActiveVideo in its suit filed in May 2010.

"The decision of the court to uphold our intellectual property rights was very clear," ActiveVideo president and CEO Jeff Miller said in a statement. "We insist that Verizon immediately cease its unlawful use of the patented technology developed by the employees and investors of ActiveVideo Networks."

Verizon previously said it will appeal the jury decision.

The four ActiveVideo patents that Verizon was found to have violated are: U.S. Patent No. 6,034,678, "Cable Television System With Remote Interactive Processor"; 5,550,578, "Interactive And Conventional Television Information System"; 6,100,883, "Home Interface Controller for Providing Interactive Cable Television"; and 6,205,582, "Interactive Cable Television System With Frame Server."

In May, a judge for the Virginia federal district court ruled that two of Verizon's patents asserted in a counterclaim against ActiveVideo were invalid. In a separate action against Cablevision, Verizon had asserted the cable operator infringed one of those patents, U.S. Patent No. 6,381,748 ("Apparatus and methods for network access using a set top box and television").

Last month the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to review an administrative law judge's ruling that Cablevision did infringe the '748 but did not violate four other Verizon patents related to set-top boxes.

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