Disney Web suit settled

Pact calls for disputed patents to be licensed to Mouse

Interactive TV company OpenTV and its subsid ACTV have settled a 4-year-old patent infringement lawsuit with Disney and its ABC and ESPN networks.

In their suit, the plaintiffs claimed that Internet enhancements for interactive versions of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and ESPN’s “Sunday Night Football” violated three patents owned by ACTV, which was acquired by OpenTV last year.

Financial details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Agreement does call for OpenTV to issue a nonexclusive, royalty-bearing license to Disney to use the patents disputed in the suit.

In addition, the two companies have entered into negotiations for a multi-year development agreement under which Disney would use OpenTV technology for interactive TV programming.

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