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April 17, 2006

TiVo Wins Patent Suit Againts EchoStar on DVRs

TiVo won $73.9 million in damages last Thursday against EchoStar Communications, operator of the Dish Network satellite television provider.  The suit contended that EchoStar violated the patents held by TiVo in the ability to pause, rewind, or fast-forward live television using a digital video recorder (DVR).  TiVo claimed the technology under the name of the Multimedia Time Warping System and said EchoStar violated the patent when that company created its own DVR.  A jury of 10 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and made the award, giving TiVo almost the entire $87 million it sought in damages.  It took the jury about two hours to come to its decision, including a cigarette break. 

Stories are in Trading Markets, Fox News, PC World, and Ars Technica.  Some of the documents in the case are posted at Dale Dietrich's iMedia web site.  Mr. Dietrich is a lawyer licensed in Ontario and California, and has quite a few different media items posted on his interesting site.

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