Thursday March 17, 2016

German Court Ruling Threatens Apple's Video Services

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in Germany found that Apple was violating several patents held by OpenTV. Of the options available to the company, I believe Apple will no doubt just seek a licensing deal and move on with business as usual.

A German district court has ruled that Apple Inc (AAPL.O) violated patents acquired by Swiss security company Kudelski's OpenTV business, which could force Apple to remove some video streaming features from popular products sold in Germany. The court's decision puts pressure on Apple to seek a licensing deal from Kudelski, though the U.S. technology leviathan could comply by removing or disabling the offending features from its video streaming products. In the worst case, it would have to pull the devices from the market.