Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
broadband, patents, set top box

Companies:
cablevision, verizon



Verizon's Attempt To Attack Cablevision With Patents Fails

from the sensible-itc dept

Verizon and Cablevision have been involved in an intense battle for years over broadband customers on Long Island. So it really wasn't a huge surprise when Verizon tried to up the ante by suing Cablevision for patent infringement concerning DVR technology. It was pretty clear the lawsuit had nothing whatsoever to do with Cablevision actually copying Verizon. It was just a way to attack a competitor via the courts. Oh, and of course, Verizon got two cracks at Cablevision because it used the ITC loophole, as well. Thankfully, the ITC seems to have come to its senses, of late, and is being pretty tough on patent claims. And, in this case, it's come down against Verizon, saying that Cablevision didn't infringe on four of the five patents. The fifth? That one didn't matter because a court (in Eastern Texas, believe it or not) had ruled that the patent was invalid. It seems this particular anti-competitive usage of patents didn't get very far.

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    Gene Cavanaugh (profile), 24 May 2011 @ 9:58am

    Verizon trying to abuse IP

    Wonderful! I am an ethical attorney first, and an IP attorney second.
    I can prove conclusively that, when used as intended in the US Constitution (which excludes large entity patents, or "nearly all" patents), patents can be a very good thing - but nearly all patents in the US (and much of the world) today are abusive and anticompetitive, and should be abolished. As a (weak) substitute, cracking down on them is a "good thing".

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