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Guiding light for Motorola's electronics

Mon, 10/16/2000 - 8:00pm
Staff

Motorola licenses Gemstar-TV Guide technology for interactive TV guides.

Gemstar-TV Guide International has settled a patent-infringement suit it had filed against Motorola. Under the settlement, Motorola signed a long-term deal to license Gemstar-TV Guide's interactive-programming-guide technology and to make payments to Gemstar-TV Guide.

Gemstar officials put the overall value of the deal at approximately $200 million, including Motorola's settlement payments to Gemstar for past patent infringement as well as its future licensing fees for using Gemstar technology.

That technology - Gemstar's patented Interactive Program Guide - will go into Motorola's electronic equipment to provide interactive services via TV sets, ranging from TV schedules to advertising and ultimately e-commerce.

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