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TiVo Wins Patent Suit Against EchoStar

Apr 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Digital video recorder maker TiVo said Thursday it has won its patent suit against satellite operator EchoStar Communications.

According to a statement issued Thursday evening by the Alviso, Calif.-based TiVo, a federal jury in Texas found EchoStar infringed on TiVo’s patent for technology used to record television shows onto a hard drive. The jury awarded TiVo $73 million in damages in connection with the case.

In the suit, TiVo claimed that EchoStar stole technology that enables TV viewers to record one show while simultaneously watching another. EchoStar denied the charges, arguing its technology is different.

“TiVo is particularly gratified that the jury found that EchoStar willfully infringed on our patent and the consequences their actions had on our overall business,” TiVo said in the statement. TiVo claimed it lost $87 million in sales and royalties as a result of EchoStar’s offering a product similar to TiVo’s.

TiVo said in its statement that it intends to seek a permanent injunction against EchoStar’s DVR products.