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Rovi Sues Hulu Over Patents for Interactive TV Functions

Rovi Corp., a provider of digital home-entertainment products, sued online video service Hulu LLC alleging infringement of patents for interactive television functions and seeking unspecified damages.

Rovi, formerly known as Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., contends that Los Angeles-based Hulu is wrongly using protected technology for electronic programming guides, according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.