Forgent Networks is suing 15 companies — a who’s who of DVR providers — on the grounds that they are infringing on U.S. Patent 6,285,746 (pdf) relating to a computer-controlled video system that allows playback while recording. The feature is a staple of digital or personal video recording. Defendants include Cable One, Charter, Cox, Comcast, EchoStar, DirecTV, and Time Warner. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Forgent’s portfolio includes patents from Compression Labs, Inc., VTEL Corporation, and Forgent Networks, Inc. Chairman and CEO Richard Snyder is frank about the company’s goals: “This is a natural expansion of the intellectual property program, however, our objective remains the same; to protect our intellectual property assets from infringement, while extracting value from those assets thus maximizing shareholder returns.” Godwin Gruber LLP and The Roth Law Firm each stand to get a total of up to 40 percent of licensing revenue and litigation proceeds if Forgent prevails.