SeaChange claims new court victory in Arris patent case

A United States appeals court has affirmed a previous district court ruling, rejecting Arris Group’s claims that SeaChange violated a 2006 injunction relating to patent rights, Seachange announced yesterday. 

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the earlier October 2012 ruling, in a case that dates back to 2001, when n-Cube Corporation, whose interest was later acquired by Arris, filed suit alleging that SeaChange’s ITV video system infringed an n-Cube patent.

SeaChange subsequently redesigned its video system to avoid infringement, but in 2009 Arris filed a motion alleging that SeaChange’s 2002 work-around violated the injunction entered in the nCube case. This was rejected last year and the appeals court this week ruled that “the District Court did not err in its factual findings.”

“SeaChange provides the most innovative video delivery systems in the world and we are pleased that, with today’s affirmation of the US District Court’s decision, the two companies can go back to competing in their respective markets on the strength of their technology and service, instead of in the courts,” said SeaChange CEO Raghu Rau.