LG Electronics prevailed in a decision by the Regional
Court of Mannheim Landgericht Mannheim) that found no
patent infringement in a case initiated by United Video
Properties Inc., a subsidiary of Rovi Corp.
On December 18, 2012,the Regional Courtruled in favor
of LG in the first instance (Docket No. 2 O 104/12)
that the TVs named in the complaint do not infringe
European PatentNumber 0 775 417 as alleged by United
Video Properties. The TV sets were manufactured by LG
Electronics and distributed in Germany by its local
subsidiary LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH.
The judgment can still be appealed by the plaintiff.
"We were successful in convincing the Mannheim Court
not to follow in the footsteps of another German court
that ruled against a major European TV manufacturer in
a very similar case," said Joo-sup Kim of LG's
Intellectual Property Center. "A finding against LG
would have sent the wrong message that innovation
benefitting consumers is not welcome in Germany."
European Patent 0 775 417 deals with an improved
electronic television program schedule guide system
that is described as being more user-friendly and more
efficient than competing systems. The patent has been
controversial for being too broad and LG and other
companies have raised nullity actions before the German
Federal Patent Court. However, the validity of the
patent did not play a role in the Mannheim case.