ActiveVideo Networks, provider of a cloud-based platform for video service delivery, has filed a suit against Verizon, alleging that Verizon’s FiOS service infringes on ActiveVideo patents.

ActiveVideo’s platform enables interactive navigational, social media, commerce and gaming applications such as intuitive search and recommendations or the ability to browse video content or gather friends to view user-generated content. The company claims 5 million end users of its platform, which supports a variety of partners, including Time Warner Cable and Cablevision.

An ActiveVideo spokesman declined to answer questions about the filing, which charges that Verizon infringes on five different ActiveVideo patents. These involve cable television systems with a remote interactive processor, interative and conventional television information systems, home interface controllers for interactive television, interactive home information systems with signal assignment and interactive television systems with a frame server.

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The trigger for the ActiveVideo filing may have been a recent Verizon filing against Cablevision that also involved patent infringement.

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