Arris sues Harmonic over 4 VOD patents

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 8:40am
Mike Robuck

On Monday, Arris filed a patent infringement lawsuit in a federal court in Atlanta against Harmonic over four video-on-demand-related patents.

Specifically, Arris said Harmonic’s Streamliner 3000 server was infringing on the following four patents: United States Patent No. 6,112,226 ("226 Patent"), United States Patent No. 5,659,539 ("539 Patent"), United States Patent No. 5,864,682 ("682 Patent") and United States Patent No. 6,119,154 ("154 Patent").

The patents, which are composed of methods to process and transmit digital video, were issued from 1995 through 2000 to the Oracle Group. The patents were transferred to nCube and then C-Cor before Arris purchased C-Cor.

Arris is seeking cash compensation for the unauthorized use of its patents, as well as a court order to stop further infringement.

The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and was first reported by Bloomberg.

A spokesman for Arris told Bloomberg that it has been in contact with Harmonic in regard to resolving the lawsuit.

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