TiVo Awarded Another $103 Million in EchoStar Case3 Jun, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Litigation can have its rewards: Just ask TiVo.
The Alviso, Calif.-based digital video recording pioneer June 2 was awarded an additional $103 million in damages plus interest by a federal judge in Texas in ongoing patent infringement litigation with EchoStar Communications and satellite subsidiary Dish Network.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas concurred with TiVo’s allegation that EchoStar continued to infringe TiVo’s patent and violate the injunction issued by the court requiring them to disable the DVR functionality in their infringing set-top box devices.
“We are extremely gratified by the court's well-reasoned and thorough decision, in which it rejected EchoStar's attempted workaround claim regarding the TiVo patent,” TiVo said in a statement. “EchoStar may attempt to further delay this case, but we are very pleased the court has made it clear that there are major ramifications for continued infringement."
Indeed, EchoStar stated Dish would appeal the decision and file a motion to stay the order with the Federal Circuit.
“Our engineers spent close to a year designing around TiVo's patent and removed the very features that TiVo said infringed at trial,” EchoStar stated.
The Denver-based company said the ruling would not immediately impact current Dish customers with a DVR.
EchoStar last year paid TiVo $104 million in jury-awarded damages in an initial ruling in the 2006 infringement case.