DISH Network and EchoStar this morning announced that they’ve agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle all of their ongoing patent litigation with the digital video recorder company. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, DISH and EchoStar will initially cough up $300 million, with the remaining $200 million distributed in six equal annual payments between 2012 and 2017. The companies have agreed to dismiss all pending litigation with prejudice, and to dissolve all injunctions against DISH and EchoStar.
Ronald Mann Contributor Posted Tue, April 19th, 2011 12:32 pm When the Court heard argument Monday morning in No. 10-290, Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership , it had as distinguished a group of advocates as it is likely to have this Term: former Solicitor General Seth Waxman (for i4i), former Deputy Solicitor General Tom Hungar (for Microsoft) and Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart (for the United States, arguing in support of i4i). [Disclosure: Goldstein, Howe & Russell, P.C., which sponsors this blog, filed an amicus brief in support of i4i, but the author of this post was not involved in the case.] The case came to the Court presenting a hot topic from contemporary legal scholarship: why should courts give deference to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), requiring "clear and convincing evidence" to overturn a patent based on prior art that the PTO never considered?
Apple patents are a way to preview how the firm may evolve its technology. When a refreshed device is due soon (MacBooks) it's always tempting to wonder if Apple will reveal cool, freshly patented features...like a whole suite of clever, configurable touchpad improvements . Apple's super-simple, large, multitouch touchpads have led the laptop industry for years--recent innovations have seen the pads get a glide-friendly glass coating, adopt the same aluminum color as the rest of Apple's mobile PCs and lose the physical click mouse-button altogether (the entire pad is now a click button). But Apple imagines its technology going far further than this.
Apple's legal team had a roller coaster of a weekend, winning against Nokia's attempt to block imports late last Friday, but could potentially lose to Kodak in an estimated $1 billion case . Nokia's rejected suit alleged patent infringement against a number of essential iPhone features, including the use of the familiar "wiping" navigation gesture. Mere hours ealier , the same court, the International Trade Commission, revived a previously rejected suit by Kodak, who is seeking massive royalties on patent related to low-resolution previews of still images. The upshot is that Apple is maintaining its King of the Hill status at 2-0 against its eager opponents, but it may drop to an even 1-1, if Kodak wins a reversal.
Games-on-demand company OnLive said today it has received a fundamental patent covering the invention of cloud-based video games. Steve Perlman, chief executive Palo Alto, Calif.-based OnLive, said in an interview the patent is one of hundreds that the company has filed, and its coverage of the technology involved is very deep. OnLive’s technology is potentially disruptive, since it allows game publishers to sell games to users over a broadband network rather than in stores; it also could disrupt console makers and manufacturers of high-end computers, since it can eliminate the need for either. The patent covers a “breakthrough” technology where video games run on remote servers in data centers and users with a broadband-connected device — such as a TV, PC, Mac, or mobile device — can instantly play the highest-performance, new-release games with no discs, no downloads and no hardware upgrades.
Yesterday, I broke the story of a small search software outlet named Masterobjects taking on Amazon.com in a notable patent infringement lawsuit . The patent-in-suit, US patent no. 7,752,326 , describes a method to immediately start showing search results even while a user is still typing his query into the search box – instant search if you will. I and others wondered why Amazon.com was singled out specifically, and not for example Google or Microsoft , which both offer custom search engines that start showing results while a user is entering his query, or Apple (App Store search) or eBay (another ecommerce giant that employs such search technology on its website). Well, turns out Google is indeed the next target on the list. I asked Masterobjects why they waited until now to sue Amazon.com, which started offering ‘search suggestions’ (using technology which Masterobjects alleges infringes it patent) back in 2008. I also asked why they singled out Amazon specifically.
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Just as geo mobile services are taking off, the U.S. Patent Office has awarded an extremely broad patent on “Location-based services” to Where . Patent No. 7,848,765 covers 31 claims ranging from sending an alert to offering a coupon when somebody crosses a geofence with a mobile device. Where CEO Walter Doyle calls it the “mother of all geofencing patents.” A geofence is a predefined boundary on a map.