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01.25.11

Microsoft is Trying to Embargo Linux-based TiVo, Using Patents (and Intellectual Ventures’ Role Recalled)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents at 2:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: In addition to anti-TiVo patent cases that are fueled by Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft attempts to ban TiVo imports

A READER has just recommended that we run this news story about Microsoft’s ITC referral which targets TiVo. To clarify by pointing to a previous post about the subject, the lawsuit is not about Linux, but it helps block a Linux-powered device:

Wannabe ARM BFF Microsoft Corp. has recently filed a complaint with the US ITC (International Trade Commission) through which it claims that TiVo’s products infringe four of its patents that relate to program schedules and selection, interface, and rating-based DVR restrictions.

This is also covered in:

There is not much interpretation to present here other than what we wrote about this case before. That said, Microsoft’s patent troll Intellectual Ventures is also having TiVo sued indirectly, so maybe it’s a group effort to eliminate competition (same grouping seen in the anti-Android case).

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2 Comments

  1. TemporalBeing said,

    January 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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    Wonder what MS was thinking…TiVo is one of the two original DVR makers – the other being SonicBlue/ReplayTV – which at least according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReplayTV – not necessarily reliable) primarily belongs to DirectTV now.

    So it should be relatively trivial for TiVo to show those patents are invalid due to prior art, etc. Well, the world will be better off with 4 less MS patents…

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Or without patents altogether. It’s a huge overhead that adds no value unless you graduate from law school.

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