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Ucentric preps for patent protection

Mon, 04/05/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Whole-home DVR and entertainment evangelist Ucentric Systems has transferred its patent portfolio to Covington & Burling and has appointed one of its partners to the Ucentric advisory board.

Ucentric did not say specifically why it made the move, though it appears possible that the software company could be plotting to embark on the litigation warpath or take additional measures to protect its patents.

Among them, Ucentric has patents describing a "system and method providing translucent region over a video program for display by a video display device" (No. 6,654,025), and describing a "multi-service in-home network with an open interface" (No. 6,526,581).

Joining the Ucentric board is Covington & Burling partner Stephen Weiswasser, a former executive of Gemstar-TV Guide International, a company that has ignited more than its fair share of patent squabbles in the TV software arena.

The guidance of Weiswasser and the counsel of Covington & Burling "will be a tremendous asset in directing and shaping Ucentric's role in whole home entertainment," said Ucentric CEO Michael Collette, in a release.

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