TiVo Suing AT&T and Verizon For Infringing DVR Patent

Posted Aug 26, 2009

TiVo Inc. launched one of the first digital video recorder (DVR) devices in 1999.  However TiVo has been facing competition from AT&T and Verizon, who provide DVR as a service through TV cable.  This is why TiVo has filed a lawsuit against both telecommunication companies at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas.

TiVo is seeking damages and a permanent injunction from using the feature.  This complaint the same as the one made in a lawsuit against DISH/Echostar.  That complaint was made in 2004.  Initially TiVo was ruled to be awarded $105 million, but DISH/Echostar filed an appeal.  While the appeal was being made, DISH/Echostar designed new software that would replace the old video recording software.

TiVo claimed that DISH/Echostar was still infringing on their patent, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dismissed a request from TiVo to have DISH/Echostar no longer have the ability to re-examine its patent.  DISH will be using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dismissal as part of their appeal in court.

DISH has about 14 million subscribers while AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FIOS cable services have a combined subscriber base of 4 million.