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EchoStar Defends DVR Patent Lawsuit

5/22/2007 02:21:00 PM Eastern

Tyler, Texas - Satellite TV provider EchoStar Communications successfully defended a patent infringement lawsuit on its DVR products filed by Forgent Networks .

EchoStar chose to fight the claim, despite the fact that more than a dozen rival cable and satellite operators paid tens of millions of dollars to settle, EchoStar said.

A federal jury took barely an hour to return a unanimous verdict validating EchoStar’s challenge to the suit.

EchoStar’s legal team Morrison & Foerster attorneys and their co-counsel won dismissal of a patent infringement case. EchoStar said the decision “was only the second time on record that a jury in the Eastern District of Texas had handed down a defense win in a patent case by finding the patent at issue invalid.”

Forgent Networks, of Austin, Texas, which is a patent-holding company, sued major satellite and cable companies, including EchoStar, in 2005, claiming that their use of DVR technology infringed on a 2001 Forgent patent. Forgent had sought more than $200 million in damages.