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U.S. Patent office reaffirms validity of TiVo 'Time Warp' patent

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Oct 2010 19:18 User comments (1)

U.S. Patent office reaffirms validity of TiVo 'Time Warp' patent TiVo Inc. has said that the U.S. Patent office has reaffirmed the validity of a TiVo patent at the center of a legal case that has been ongoing since 2004. TiVo shares rose 10 percent following the boost from the patent office in its legal battle with Dish Network and EchoStar.
"Today's decision further validates our (intellectual property) and brings us closer to ending EchoStar's ongoing infringement," the company said.

TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said in September that the legal battle between TiVo and EchoStar was likely to be resolved around February or March next year.

TiVo accused EchoStar of violating TiVo patents with its Dish Network system. The patent in question covered TiVo's "Time Warp" software that allows a viewer to record one TV program while watching another. To date, EchoStar has already paid $104 million in damages to TiVo.

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16.10.2010 23:16

"The patent in question covered TiVo's "Time Warp" software that allows a viewer to record one TV program while watching another"

That really is annoying...we had that with betamax, and the government is letting TiVo get away with claiming that they invented the idea.

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