A court in Munich, Germany has issued an injunction to cease and desist after it was found to have infringed on a Broadcom patent related to HEVC/H.265 video coding.
The row between the two companies has been on-going since 2018 when the technology company accused Netflix of infringing numerous US, German, and Dutch patents through its provision of its video streaming service.
The European patent at issue, EP 2 575 366 (“366 Patent”), covers key features of digital video processing often used in HEVC/H.265 video coding.
The German court ruled that Netflix is infringing the 366 Patent through its transmission of HEVC video, which the streaming service employs to provide Ultra HD content to its users. The resulting court-ordered injunction prohibits Netflix from providing certain video streaming services utilising Broadcom’s patented technology.
“Netflix has built a robust video streaming business that relies on Broadcom’s patented technology to deliver content to its users, and Broadcom is pleased to see this recognised by the German court,” said Mark Terrano, vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s Intellectual Property and Licensing Division.