Universal Electronics has announced that a court has upheld a previous ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding a ban on the import and sale of streaming products by Roku due to patent infringement.
According to Universal Electronics, the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirms that Roku will not be able to import or sell any infringing products in the United States until the patent expires in 2032. The company highlights that its ongoing cases against Roku and its TV partners in the U.S. District Court were put on hold until this ruling was finalized. However, with the confirmation, Universal Electronics can now proceed with seeking monetary damages in the U.S. District Court.
Universal Electronics emphasizes that the ruling from the Court of Appeals affirms the International Trade Commission's findings, which concluded that Roku's products infringe on six different claims of the company's patent.
A spokesperson for Roku responded to the decision, stating that it does not affect the company or its customers. The spokesperson further explains that as part of the International Trade Commission's final determination, Roku made technical design changes to address the infringement of one patent issued by Universal Electronics.