Cloud // Cloud Storage
News
1/21/2010
04:35 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Microsoft Sues TiVo Over Patents

TiVo countered that Microsoft is trying to help its partner AT&T, which is being sued by TiVo for patent infringement.

Microsoft has sued TiVo, accusing the digital video recorder maker of infringing on the software maker's Internet video technology.

The suit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court, claims TiVo DVRs use Microsoft technology related to purchasing and delivering video and displaying programming information.

TiVo said in a statement that the suit is part of a legal strategy to help Microsoft partner AT&T, which faces a patent-infringement suit filed by TiVo.

AT&T is one of Microsoft's largest customers for its video delivery and recording technology. AT&T uses the software in delivering its U-Verse TV service.

Before filing its latest complaint, Microsoft requested to intervene in the suit against AT&T, TiVo said. Nevertheless, neither that action nor the latest legal move "bear on whether the AT&T products and services that are the subject of TiVo's complaint infringe the patents asserted by TiVo," the company said.

"Rather these actions are part of a legal strategy to defend AT&T," TiVo said in a statement. "We remain confident in our position that AT&T will be found to infringe on the TiVo patents asserted."

While TiVo appears unlikely to seek a settlement with Microsoft, the software maker said Microsoft was open to negotiations. "We remain open to resolving this situation through an intellectual property licensing agreement, and we have initiated discussions to engage TiVo in negotiations," spokesman Kevin Kutz said in a statement e-mailed to InformationWeek.

TiVo, which pioneered the DVR, has aggressively sought to protect its intellectual property in the courts. Along with AT&T, TiVo has sued Verizon, alleging similar patent infringement.

In 2004, TiVo sued EchoStar, claiming the satellite TV company stole TiVo's digital video recorder technology for pausing, fast forwarding, and rewinding live TV shows. A U.S. District Court ruled against EchoStar, and the decision is currently under appeal.

TiVo has licensing agreements with DirecTV Group and most of the cable companies.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Google in the Enterprise Survey
Google in the Enterprise Survey
There's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity ­products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent ­mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers ­distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Howard Marks talks about steps to take in choosing the right cloud storage solutions for your IT problems
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.