San Jose,
– ActiveVideo Networks, a
developer of cloud-based interactive TV services, announced on Thursday that it
has filed patent claims in federal court against Verizon (NYSE: VZ), alleging its FiOS TV
service infringes on five ActiveVideo patents.

San Jose,
Calif.-based ActiveVideo says its CloudTV service, currently available in
around 5 million homes, "combines Web-based media and targeted, clickable
advertisements with the high-quality video, immediate responsiveness and remote
control navigation of television for uniform interactivity across all digital
and IPTV set-tops, CI+ enabled televisions, and broadband-connected CE devices."

The ActiveVideo patents in question related to the lawsuit describe a "Cable
Television System With Remote Interactive Processor;" "Interactive
And Conventional Television Information System;" "Home Interface
Controller for Providing Interactive Cable Television;" "Interactive
Home Information System with Signal Assignment;" and "Interactive
Cable Television System With Frame Server."

"Since its inception,
ActiveVideo Networks has pioneered the development of technologies for
interactive television such as Video On Demand and Web content on
television," said CEO Jeff Miller.

"ActiveVideo Networks respects the
intellectual property rights of others and has no choice but to insist that
Verizon do the same."


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