Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tivo Sues Dish, Microsoft Sues Tivo

The waters are certainly muddy in regard to DVR intellectual property. Their are suits galore, and you can add Verizon and AT&T to the list. "Citing its customer AT&T, Microsoft on Monday filed complaints with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the International Trade Commission against TiVo, alleging the DVR company infringes four Microsoft patents." Each company claims the other stole one patent or another and each is seeking licensing agreements in an effort to halt going to trial. Yet as the Dish and Tivo suit has shown, resolution takes years and years AND YEARS to untangle. And so what does it all mean? I can assure you this, the only ones winning will be the lawyers.

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