The High Court today delivered its judgment in a seventh patent claim brought by Rovi against Virgin Media. The Honourable Mr Justice Mann comprehensively dismissed Rovi’s claim.

Rovi has brought infringement claims against Virgin Media relating to several patents allegedly covering aspects of electronic program guides (EPGs). The claims relating to seven of these patents have now come to judgment and/or final court order, and all seven have been found to be invalid. 

The patent invalidated today – the “superimposed program information” patent – covered the sending of two specific signals to a TV or set-top box. One signal results in a superimposed information prompt on-screen and the other signal provides the information itself. The judge, Mr Justice Mann, found this concept is obvious and the patent invalid. 

The judge also noted there could be no question of infringement given the invalidity. 

This is the seventh Rovi patent found to be invalid and Rovi must reimburse Virgin Media for legal costs incurred defending the claims. 

Brigitte Trafford, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Virgin Media, said:

“Rovi's patent claims continue to be found invalid. The Court today dismissed all elements of Rovi's patent and we believe none of these claims should ever have been brought. This approach is proving to be expensive for Rovi as they continue to lose in court."