TiVo files counter suit against Motorola, Time Warner

Summary:TiVo has struck back against Motorola with counterclaims over patent infringement related to DVR boxes.

The week is just getting started, and we already have a new patent infringement lawsuit on our hands.

The twist this time is that it is a counter suit from TiVo against both Motorola and Time Warner Cable.

A little over a year ago, Motorola filed a lawsuit against TiVo over patent infringement related to digital video recorders -- some of which focused on patents stemming from as far back as the 1990s.

Now, TiVo has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with counterclaims that Motorola and Time Warner Cable (one of Motorola's customers) infringed upon the following U.S. patents owned by TiVo:

  • 6,233,389: A multimedia time warping system for storing select TV programs while the user is simultaneously watching or reviewing another program
  • 7,529,465: Another multimedia time warping system in which TV streams are converted in to MPEG formats and then later decoded to TV output signals and receivers
  • 6,792,195: A method and apparatus for implementing random access and time-based functions on a continuous stream of formatted digital data

Elements of these patents might seem very typical for any DVR box, whether it be from TiVo, Dish Network or one of the defendants in this suit. Nevertheless, there are always finer, particular details within the patent descriptions that can make or break a suit.

Thus, much like what we've seen with Apple and its Android-based opponents (i.e. Samsung, HTC, etc.) over tablet and smartphone patents, we'll likely see a lot more of this case between TiVo and Motorola drawn out for awhile.


Topics: Mobility


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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