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SeaChange/Arris patent dispute resolved – for now

A US district court has ruled in favour of TV technology firm SeaChange International in the long-running (some would say interminable) dispute over whether SeaChange infringed a patent held by n-Cube Corporation, later acquired by Arris.

The dispute began back in 2001 when n-Cube successfully filed suit alleging that SeaChange’s ITV video system infringed one of its video-on-demand patents, obliging SeaChange to redesign its video system.

Arris (now owner of n-Cube via its C-COR acquisition) filed a subsequent suit seven years later in 2009, alleging that SeaChange was still infringing the patents held by n-Cube.

With this latest ruling by the US district court, issued last Monday (October 8th) and rejecting Arris’s allegations, SeaChange is claiming vindication – but perhaps not for long, as Arris states that it “continues to believe the SeaChange products infringe its patent.”

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