An Internet company accused of breaching a patent


In the context of the French catch-up TV service called ‘replay’, available on internet boxes, audiovisual programmes previously broadcast by the channel are accessible via a series of menus and introductory screens intended to simplify and optimise access to the programme in question.

In 2014, an internet company was accused of breaching a patent that was held by a different internet company.

Since then, in a series of compulsory joinders of third parties, the accused company turned to the channels on its catch-up TV service arguing that the process for access to multimedia works as part of each ‘replay’ was a matter for the channel in question.


Two GM Consultant loss adjusters specialising in new technologies assisted the insurance company of one of the channels summoned, in order to analyse the scope of the patent and to assess the financial risk that could be involved in such a case.