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By | Jennifer Baker 18th December 2014 15:54

Couch potatoes relax: Netflix scores big STREAMING TV PATENT win

OpenTV not unique enough to protect, says court

Netflix has scored a big win in its ongoing patent infringement battle with video-on-demand software provider OpenTV.

The District Court of the Hague on Wednesday ruled that Netflix does not infringe OpenTV’s patent in the Netherlands, saying that the latter’s claim did not meet the criteria of “novelty and inventiveness”.

In other words, OpenTV had nothing unique enough to protect.

OpenTV has brought cases against the streaming giant in both the US and in Europe.

The ruling will be a relief to TV addicts across Europe as OpenTV had sought a court order banning Netflix in the Netherlands outright.

The company also wanted a share of the video giant’s profits for the alleged infringement. It's currently making the same case in the US.

According to PCWorld, OpenTV was ordered to pay legal costs for Netflix of around €234,500. ®

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