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Movielink wins VOD suit

Ruling says Internet company hasn't violated patents

Movielink has won summary judgment in a lawsuit that alleged its video-on-demand technology violated a Connecticut company’s patents.

USA Video argued in a 2003 suit that the studio-backed Internet VOD company violated its patent on a “system and method for a user to request, and have delivered over an electronic network, a digitized video program.”

U.S. District Court in Delaware found that USA Video did not demonstrate any direct infringement even if its arguments held up and thus dismissed its claims.

Company had been asking Movielink to pay a licensing fee to use its patents.

USA Video filed its patents in 1992 and first deployed a VOD system in 1994, though it never became a major player in the space. It provides VOD and digital watermarking technology.

In a statement, USA Video prexy Edward Molina said his company is evaluating options for legal recourse. It’s also considering potential infringement suits against other companies in the space.

Movielink is a joint venture of Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros.

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