TiVo seeks injunction against EchoStar

May 24, 2006

tivoTivo appears to be going for EchoStar’s* jugular after winning their civil case, where a federal jury determined that “EchoStar willfully infringed TiVo’s “time-warp” patent”.
(*DISH Networks parent company)

Now TiVo has filed a request for an injunction that would prohibit EchoStar from manufacturing or selling DVR products, which contain the technologies outlined in the previous civil case.

You know defending you intellectual property is fine and dandy any company should do just that, but I have to wonder about the unforeseen implications of all this for TiVo.

TiVo and DISH Network share an overlapping consumer pool to some extent; I wonder how some customers who are locked into DISH will feel about TiVo branded products if this injunction goes through.

I suppose when you feel your patents have been violated, correcting that infraction is foremost in your mind but wow, tough position to be in either way as far as I can see.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under DVR's


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    Dennis,

    That’s not exactly the scenario I was envisioning, the fact that DISH saw fit to “apparently” commandeer TiVo’s time-shifting method, without actually licensing their system leaves me inclined to believe that wont change after the ruling.

    What I was really insinuating was, how would DISH owners who wouldn’t be to order a DVR at all for the immediate future, feel about TiVo. i.e would they resent TiVo for this.

    I don’t see TiVo with DISH as an obvious outcome considering the litigation. But I suppose stranger things have happened.

  • B.Greenway

    Dennis,

    That’s not exactly the scenario I was envisioning, the fact that DISH saw fit to “apparently” commandeer TiVo’s time-shifting method, without actually licensing their system leaves me inclined to believe that wont change after the ruling.

    What I was really insinuating was, how would DISH owners who wouldn’t be to order a DVR at all for the immediate future, feel about TiVo. i.e would they resent TiVo for this.

    I don’t see TiVo with DISH as an obvious outcome considering the litigation. But I suppose stranger things have happened.

  • Dennis

    “I wonder how some customers who are locked into DISH will feel about TiVo branded products if this injunction goes through.”

    — TiVo on DishNetwork, are you kidding me? I would LOVE it!

  • Dennis

    “I wonder how some customers who are locked into DISH will feel about TiVo branded products if this injunction goes through.”

    — TiVo on DishNetwork, are you kidding me? I would LOVE it!