Stay Lifted On EchoStar/TiVo Patent Dispute

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Alviso, Calif. - A U.S. District Court on Tuesday lifted its stay in an EchoStar patent-infringement lawsuit against



TiVo said the suit, which was originally brought by


on four patents, had been reduced to one -- the so-called " ‘804 patent" concerning a multimedia direct-access storage device and formatting method.

"EchoStar's suit against TiVo has been narrowed to only the ‘804 patent, and TiVo remains confident that TiVo does not infringe any of the remaining claims at issue," TiVo said in a statement.

"We are pleased that the court granted our motion to lift the stay in our patent-infringement action against Tivo," read EchoStar's statement on the action. "The patent in this case withstood two re-exam petitions by Tivo seeking to invalidate it.  We look forward to the trial."

EchoStar first brought the suit in 2005 based on four patents that EchoStar acquired from IBM after TiVo initiated its successful lawsuit against EchoStar for EchoStar's infringement of TiVo's time-warp patent.

The lawsuit is separate from a patent-infringement lawsuit that TiVo had brought against EchoStar, in which arguments about the contempt judgment against EchoStar were presented to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in November 2010.


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