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TiVo files pre-emptive patent lawsuit against Forgent

by Brad Linder, posted May 26th 2007 10:41AM
TiVoLooks like Forgent could be in for another unpleasant court battle. The other day, we told you that Forgent had lost its patent lawsuit against EchoStar. Forgent claims that pretty much every major personal video recorder on the market is violating its patent for computer controlled video systems that can play and record at the same time.

While a number of companies have reached out of court settlements with Forgent, EchoStar fought it out in court and won. TiVo's going a step further, and suing Forgent before the company can sue TiVo.

On May 17th, TiVo filed suit asking for a ruling showing that TiVo's technology does not infringe on Forgent's patent. While it might look like the move is a reaction to the EchoStar ruling, TiVo filed its lawsuit about a week before the courts ruled in that case.

Forgent says it's made about $28 million from settlements with other PVR companies, but almost half of that money was eaten up by legal costs.

[via TiVo Lovers]

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This is happening to often. I am tired of companies suing other companies over a process they patented but never actually implemented. I hope EFF can make some impact in the screwed up world of technology patents.

May 26 2007 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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