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Federal Court Rules Command Audio Patents Enforceable

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 14 Jan 2005 18:10:35 -0500

Federal Court Rules Command Audio Patents Enforceable; Sony
Assertions of Inequitable Conduct Rejected in Digital Video
Recorder Infringement Suit
- Jan 13, 2005 10:01 AM (BusinessWire)

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 13, 2005--Command Audio
Corporation, a leader in the development and delivery of broadcast
on-demand media, announced today that, after conducting a trial, the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled
against Sony Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:SNE), rejecting Sony's
contentions that Command Audio purposely misled the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office in the early 1990s while seeking its foundation
on-demand media patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,406,626).

Consequently, Command Audio's lawsuit against Sony for infringing two
related Command Audio patents will continue to move forward. In June
2004 the Court ruled summarily that Sony had been infringing at least
one of those patents, U.S. Patent No. 6,330,334 (the "'334
patent"). Sony's products held proven to infringe include digital
video recorders (DVRs, also known as Personal Video Recorders, or
PVRs) made under license from TiVo, Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO) and Sony's
VAIO(TM) personal computers with DVR functionality provided by Sony's
GigaPocket(TM) software.


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