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November 29, 2007

TiVo Wins Patent Ruling

They're probably doing cartwheels in TiVo Corporate Offices in Alviso, California.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office upheld TiVo patents at the heart of a suit against EchoStar and its Dish Network over "multimedia time warping system"  features in Dish DVRs.  TiVo sued EchoStar and won, but EchoStar countersued over the validity of the patents.  The Court paused that complaint until the Patent Office finished its examination.  Well, gosh, EchoStar lost and is on the line for about $90 million in damages as well as an injunction to disable the patent infringing features in its own DVR.  Now others who supply DVRs are prime time candidates for similar suits or licensing agreements.

The details are in Ars Technica.

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