18 April 2017
Washington DC
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

USITC to investigate set-top boxes


The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation into set-top boxes after Sony filed a complaint.

Its investigation will focus on set-top boxes supplied to Comcast under its Xfinity brand and DIRECTV for its Genie products.

Sony claimed in March that imports of digital cable and satellite products, set-top boxes, gateways and components infringed its patents, and wants them to be blocked.

The products under investigation were imported into the country by US-based telecommunications company ARRIS and Pace, a UK-based provider of IPTV technology.

The USITC’s investigation, which was instituted on 12 April, comes amid a severe crackdown on IPTV set-top boxes and other, newer means of intellectual property infringement.

Earlier in April, EU law enforcement agency Europol coordinated the dismantling of a criminal network specialised in the illegal distribution of pay TV channels through IPTV technology across Europe.

Amazon, meanwhile, has added streaming media players to its seller guidelines, reminding users of its marketplace that “products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content”.

The Premier League is also getting in on the act, seeking and obtaining an order in the UK that compels ISPs to block certain servers until the conclusion of the current season on 22 May.

More news
The latest news from IPPro Patents
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Countries should break IP rules to ensure growth, says report
23 February 2018 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Countries such as India and China should break harmonised intellectual property rules to avoid protectionist measures from the US and EU, according to a new report from Gowling WLG
EPO employment proposal halted
22 February 2018 | Munich | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A proposal to scrap permanent employment contracts at the EPO has been halted and a controversial article within it withdrawn, a source close to the Staff Union of the EPO has confirmed
UPC complaint to be heard in 2018
22 February 2018 | Karlsruhe | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The German Federal Constitutional Court will hear the constitutional complaint against the UPC in 2018
Cabinet Plasseraud promotes four to partner
21 February 2018 | Paris | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Cabinet Plasseraud has appointed for intellectual property attorneys to partner
NPE litigation in Europe sees continued growth
20 February 2018 | Brussels | Reporter: Barney Dixon
NPE litigation and enforcement in Europe has increased by an average almost 20 percent year-on-year since 2007, according to a new report from Darts-IP
BakerHostetler hires IP partner
19 February 2018 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BakerHostetler has hired Troy Schmelzer as partner in its intellectual property group
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton promotes four to partner
16 February 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has promoted four intellectual property attorneys to partner across its Shanghai, San Diego and San Francisco offices