TiVo Statement on Jury Decision in Lawsuit Victory Against EchoStar
ALVISO, CA — TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVR), today offered the following comment on the jury’s decision in its favor in its lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corporation in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas:
“TiVo is pleased that the jury found that TiVo’s pioneering time warping patent is valid and that EchoStar has been infringing on our intellectual property. TiVo is particularly gratified that the jury found that EchoStar willfully infringed on our patent and the consequences their actions had on our overall business. This decision recognizes that our intellectual property is valuable and will ensure that moving forward EchoStar and any others that want to use our patented technology will be required to provide us with compensation.
TiVo intends to seek a permanent injunction against EchoStar’s DVR products.
TiVo is built on a strong foundation of innovative technology and intellectual property. We now hold more than 87 patents in our worldwide patent portfolio and have more than 138 patent applications pending. TiVo has a long list of licensees in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite markets, and we will continue to license our technology under appropriate circumstances and arrangements. We will also continue to vigorously defend our intellectual property for the benefit of our licensees and shareholders.”
EchoStar Statement Regarding Verdict in TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. Lawsuit
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — EchoStar has issued the following statement regarding the verdict in the TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. lawsuit: “This is the first step in a very long process and we are confident we will ultimately prevail. Among other things, we believe the patent – as interpreted in this case – is overly broad given the technology in existence when TiVo filed its patent. We believe the decision will be reversed either through post-trial motions or on appeal. Additionally, the Patent Office is in the process of re-examining TiVo’s patent, having determined there is a substantial question concerning the validity of the patent.
DISH Network subscribers can continue to use the receivers in their homes, including their DVRs. Furthermore, TiVo dropped their claim that EchoStar’s Dishplayer 7200 DVR infringes their patent.
EchoStar looks forward to trial of its DVR patent case against TiVo in February 2007.”