TiVo Wins Patent Suit on Appeal

Court decides that DVRs violated 'time-shifting' patent
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 3:29 AM CST
A large TiVo sign hangs outside the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld TiVo Inc.'s claims that Dish Network Corp. infringed on...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – TiVo's share price soared after an appeals court ruled that EchoStar Holding and Dish Network had been illegally using TiVo's "time-warp" recording software, the Wall Street Journal reports. TiVo has been trying to expand its business beyond set-top box making and into licensing its technology, which lets users pause, fast forward and rewind live TV programs.

Echostar said it was disappointed by the ruling, but emphasized that its customers wouldn't be affected because the company has already developed and deployed "next-generation" software for its DVRs. An expert said TiVo would now likely continue its strategy of going into partnership with some providers, while going after those who violated its software patent and wouldn't make a deal.