October 07, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Dish Network was issued quite a blow yesterday. The Supreme Court rejected the satellite provider’s appeal against the $74 million judgment, which was issued for violating TiVo’s patent on DVR technology.
The court had no comment. In January, they had plenty to say, ruling that DVRs distributed by Dish Network violated some of the software elements in TiVo’s patent, specifically the “time warp” feature, which allows viewers to watch one TV program while recording another.
As a result, Dish and EchoStar Corp. will have to pay $104 million in damages to TiVo. Dish said they have the money in escrow and the whole thing should be behind them in the next few days—maybe. There’s still a matter of whether or not Dish will owe them more. As part of the injunction, Dish was required to shut off its DVRs, which they did not do. Instead, they continued to collect subscriber fees and issued a software “work-around,” says Reuters.
Hopefully they work it out—I’ve got a lot of stuff stocked up on my Dish DVR!
“We believe that the design-around does not infringe TiVo’s patent and that TiVo’s pending motion for contempt should be denied,” Dish said in a statement. “We look forward to that ruling in the near future.”
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