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Pause Technology Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against TiVo

2 Oct, 2001 By: Hive News

Boston, Mass.-based Pause Technology LLC said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against TiVo Inc. for patent infringement.

Filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston, the lawsuit alleges that TiVo's personal video recorder (PVR) infringes U.S. reissue patent No. 36,801, entitled "Time Delayed Digital Video System Using Concurrent Recording and Playback." Ownership of the patent is claimed by Pause Technology.

The Pause patent relates to technology that allows viewers to pause live TV,replay portions of a program while it is being recorded, and fast-forward through recorded segments to "catch up" to a live broadcast being recorded. The patent covers both video and audio systems.

The infringed patent, U.S. Patent RE 36,801(http://www.pausetechnology.com/patent.html), the "Pause Patent," was originally filed in 1992 and issued in 1995. In 1996, a re-examination wasrequested, and on August 1, 2000 the patent was reissued by the Patent Office with the same filing date and additional claim coverage, said Pause.

Pause claimed TiVo was notified on April 4, 2000 and again on May 23, 2001 that it was infringing on the patent and an offer to discuss licensing terms wasextended.

Earlier this year, Motorola became the first company to license the Pause patent for its forthcoming line of PVR-enabled set-top boxes.

Pause Technology says it's talking with potential licensees through its exclusive distributor Gotuit Video Inc.

Licenses are being offered to manufacturers of PVRs, set-top boxes with built-in storage, and other devices that can record and pause live TV signals.

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