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EchoStar wins PVR patent lawsuit

by Brad Linder, posted May 23rd 2007 3:59PM
EchoStar/Dish NetworkEchoStar/Dish Network has won a patent lawsuit filed last year by Forgent. The company had claimed its patents described how to build a computer controlled video system that can play and record video at the same time. In other words, they wanted royalties from anybody who had ever built a personal video recorder.

A Texas jury disagreed, finding in favor of EchoStar and denying Forgent's request for more than $200 million in damages.

Forgent had sued companies including Comcast, Time Warner and the Washington Post company. A number of those companies had reached settlements with Forgent, but EchoStar V.P. David Moskowitz said that he's pleased the jury has upheld the satellite broadcaster's view that the patent was invalid.

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