Rovi Corporation and STRONG, a leading provider of set-top boxes in Europe, today announced that they have entered into a license agreement for interactive program guide (IPG) patents owned by Rovi.
The agreement provides STRONG with a license to Rovi’s IPG patents for STRONG branded set-top boxes sold at retail throughout Europe.
"Our global patent licensing program continues to make significant strides and in the past year we have added numerous leading companies throughout the world as licensees," said Samir Armaly, senior vice president of licensing, Rovi. "STRONG marks yet another top consumer electronic retail brand in Europe that has elected to license our IPG intellectual property."
"We are dedicated to bringing innovative, exciting and reliable products to consumers throughout Europe," said Khaled Debs, COO of STRONG International. "By licensing Rovi’s intellectual property, we aim to continue to bring the very latest in digital entertainment technologies to our customers."
About STRONG International Ltd
STRONG (strong.tv), established in Japan in 1868 as a major manufacturer and distributor, is today specialized in a full range of Digital Terrestrial, Satellite, Cable and IPTV equipment across the world. With extensive know-how and strong emphasis on design and quality STRONG managed to become one of the leading providers of TV reception equipment in Europe. STRONG focuses on customer’s specific needs and services providing set-top boxes of the latest technology throughout a well established Pan European distribution network, logistics and After Sales Service and fully operational subsidiaries and regional sales offices.
By continuously anticipating market requirements and expanding its product assortment to offer a complete range of Digital TV reception equipment STRONG continues to grow and expand into new markets.
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi Corporation (rovicorp.com) is focused on revolutionizing the digital entertainment landscape by delivering solutions that enable consumers to intuitively connect to new entertainment from many sources and locations. The company also provides extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television, movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets. These solutions, complemented by industry leading entertainment data, create the connections between people and technology, and enable them to discover and manage entertainment in an enjoyable form.
Rovi holds over 4,400 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom.
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