Rovi, Hulu Sign Licensing Agreement to Settle Patent Suit

Rovi Corp. (ROVI), a provider of digital home-entertainment products, entered a licensing agreement with online video service Hulu LLC, resolving all litigation between the two companies.

Terms of the agreement won’t be disclosed, Linda Quach, a spokeswoman for Santa Clara, California-based Rovi, said in a phone interview. She declined to comment further on the resolution of the case, announced in an e-mailed statement.

Rovi sued Hulu in 2011 in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, claiming infringement of patents covering interactive television functions. Rovi claimed Los Angeles-based Hulu was wrongly using protected technology for electronic programming guides, according to the suit.

Hulu is owned by Walt Disney Co. (DIS), News Corp., and Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBC Universal. A Hulu representative didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the agreement.

The case is Rovi Corp. v. Hulu LLC, 1:11-cv-00665, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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