Cisco Has Enough Of TiVo Patent Claims, Files To Invalidate TiVo Patents
from the offensively-defensive dept
Over the past few years, as competition in the DVR market has become tougher, TiVo has become more and more reliant on using its patents to stop competition and innovation, rather than focusing on competing in the marketplace. its most famous case was the one against EchoStar, which even included TiVo buying a bull (literally) in Eastern Texas, where the district court case was heard. While it won at the district court level, during the appeals process, the Patent Office suddenly indicated that the patents might not be so solid. Not long after that, TiVo and EchoStar worked out a settlement.
TiVo found the process so enjoyable that it apparently started thinking about a second career as a patent troll — and has already sued Verizon and Motorola. Not surprisingly, it’s been pushing some others to license some patents… and at least one large player has had enough. Cisco, owners of Scientific Atlanta, a maker of settop boxes and DVRs, has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate four TiVo patents — or, if the patents are found valid, a declaratory judgment that it does not infringe.
Of course, by filing first, Cisco was also able to file the case in San Jose, rather than letting TiVo try to get the case into Texas (despite the fact that both Cisco and Tivo are located not far from each other in Northern California). As far as I know, TiVo has not purchased a bull in San Jose.