The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of TiVo against EchoStar. TiVo filed a $200 million patent lawsuit against EchoStar for using unauthorized digital video recorder (DVR) technology for their own services. It is expected that EchoStar will take this lawsuit all the way up to the Supreme Court. For the time being this ruling should not affect TiVo or DISH Network customers. Below is the full press release. [Engadget]
TiVo Statement on Decision by U.S. Court of Appeals in Lawsuit Against EchoStar
ALVISO, CA – March 4, 2010 – TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in television services and advertising solutions for digital video recorders (DVRs), offered the following statement today on the U.S. Court of Appeals decision in its lawsuit against EchoStar.
“We are pleased that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit fully affirmed the district court’s finding of contempt against EchoStar, including both the disablement and infringement provisions. Additionally, this ruling paves the way for TiVo to receive the approximately $300M in damages and contempt sanctions awarded to us for EchoStar’s continued infringement through July 1, 2009. We will also seek further damages and contempt sanctions for the period of continued infringement thereafter. We will continue our efforts to protect our intellectual property from further infringement.”
DISH NETWORK AND ECHOSTAR STATEMENT REGARDING TIVO
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. ? March 4, 2010 ? DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), and EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), issued the following statement regarding recent developments in TiVo vs. EchoStar Communications Corporation:
“We are disappointed in the Federal Circuit’s split decision, but are pleased that Judge Rader agreed with our position. Therefore, we will be seeking en banc review by the full Federal Circuit. We also will be proposing a new design-around to the district court for approval. At this time, our DVR customers are not impacted.”