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.