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TiVo Patent Suit Advances on Federal Court Denial of Echostar

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 9 Mar 2005 22:47:06 -0500

ALVISO, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq:
TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital
video recorders (DVRs), today announced that the federal district
court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division has denied
motions to dismiss and transfer TiVo's patent infringement case
against Echostar Communications Corporation (ECC) and affiliated
companies. In that case, TiVo has alleged that ECC and certain
subsidiaries are violating a key TiVo patent (U.S. Patent
No. 6,233,389 issued to TiVo in May 2001, known as the "Time Warp"
patent). The defendants had sought to transfer the case out of Texas,
and two of the defendants argued that they were not subject to
jurisdiction in Texas. The Court denied both motions.

Key TiVo inventions protected by this patent include a method for
recording one program while playing back another; watching a show as
it is recording; and a storage format that supports advanced
capabilities -- such as pausing live television, fast-forwarding,
rewinding, instant replays, and slow motion.


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