TiVo Inc has filed a patent infringement suit against EchoStar Communications Corporation in the federal district court of Texas, alleging that the satellite television service provider is violating TiVo’s ‘Time Warp’ patent, which was issued in May 2001.
Key TiVo inventions protected by the Time Warp patent include a method for recording one program while playing back another, watching a program as it is recording, and a storage format that supports advanced TrickPlay capabilities. TrickPlay allows live television broadcasts to be paused, fast-forwarded, rewound, replayed or shown in slow motion).
‘We take great pride in the fact that TiVo has created and developed the technology that revolutionises the way people watch television,’ said Mike Ramsay, CEO of TiVo. ‘We’ve invested in building a comprehensive patent portfolio to protect our intellectual property and as the DVR category grows, we will be aggressive in protecting those assets.’
‘The success of our licensing business clearly demonstrates the value the industry has placed on TiVo’s technology. It’s important that we protect our IP for TiVo and our licensees,’ continued Ramsay.
TiVo filed the patent involved in this litigation with the US Patent and Trademark Office in July 1998. As disclosed in its most recent annual report, TiVo has been awarded 49 patents and has over 100 patent applications pending.