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TiVo files infringement lawsuit against SONICblue

Mon, 02/04/2002 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Maybe it was getting too quiet on the lawsuit front. TiVo says it filed its first infringement lawsuit ever, against SONICblue Jan. 23 in San Jose. The lawsuit alleges SONICblue infringed on the Multimedia Time Warping patent TiVo received in May.

TiVO's patent lets users store TV programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another one.

The lawsuit follows one SONICblue threatened to file against TiVo in December over two patents TiVo landed at the time — one covering PVR functions and one for home networking.

TiVo was not disclosing details of the lawsuit, but spokeswoman Rebecca Baer says it's the first time TiVo has filed a lawsuit to protect its patents.

"The filing is in accordance with our strategy to aggressively protect our patent portfolio," she says. "Filing patent lawsuits is not the company's current strategy. We are more interested in licensing our technology and growing the DVR market."

Citing the lawsuit, Baer says the company won't comment further on details. SONICblue could not be reached by CEDaily's deadline.

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