by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 23rd 2011 9:57pm
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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