Wednesday, April 12, 2006

TiVo Prevails in Patent Case with EchoStar

A jury in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of TiVo in its lawsuit against EchoStar Communications. TiVo said it was pleased that the jury found that its time warping patent is valid and that EchoStar has been infringing its
intellectual property. TiVo intends to seek a permanent injunction against EchoStar's DVR products. The jury also awarded $73 million in compensation to TiVo.

In a statement, EchoStar said "This is the first step in a very long process and we are confident we will ultimately prevail. Among other things, we believe the patent - as interpreted in this case - is overly broad given the technology in existence when TiVo filed its patent. We believe the decision will be reversed either through post-trial motions or on appeal. Additionally, the Patent Office is in the process of re-examining TiVo's patent, having determined there is a substantial question concerning the validity of the patent.

DISH Network subscribers can continue to use the receivers in their homes, including their DVRs. Furthermore, TiVo dropped their claim that EchoStar's Dishplayer 7200 DVR infringes their patent. "http://www.tivo.com

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