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TiVo won a court order today that could cost Dish and Echostar $200 million in damages. From The Wall Street Journal: Judge David Folsom, presiding in federal court in Texas, awarded TiVo $2.25 per DVR subscriber per month from April 18, 2008, through July 1, 2009, […]

TiVo won a court order today that could cost Dish and Echostar $200 million in damages. From The Wall Street Journal:

Judge David Folsom, presiding in federal court in Texas, awarded TiVo $2.25 per DVR subscriber per month from April 18, 2008, through July 1, 2009, when the court most recently stayed the order holding EchoStar in contempt. The award will include $110 million in compensation based on the jury’s award and about $90 million in sanctions, as well as reimbursement of court costs.

TiVo had been asking for $1 billion in damages, a figure the judge said was unreasonable.

TiVo released the following statement:

We are pleased by the Court’s ruling to impose contempt sanctions of approximately $200 million against EchoStar for its continued violation of a Court-ordered permanent injunction, and to award TiVo its attorney fees and costs incurred during the contempt proceedings. This brings total damages and sanctions in this case to approximately $400 million through July 1, 2009, plus attorney fees, and is exclusive of potential further damages and sanctions.

Dish and Echostar released their own statement:

We are pleased that the district court rejected Tivo’s request to award a billion dollars in sanctions and that it found that any violation of the injunction was not willful. While we disagree that any amount of sanctions was warranted, the decision confirms our belief that we designed around Tivo’s patent in good faith. We believe that we ultimately will prevail on appeal.

This is far from the last time we’ll be writing about TiVo’s legal issues. In addition to this ongoing case, last month TiVo sued AT&T and Verizon for patent infringement as well.

  1. This lets the door open for all the newcomers into the wide world web to sue left and right.

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  2. [...] company was recently awarded $200 million in a patent suit with Dish and EchoStar, and is also going after Verizon and AT&T for DVR [...]

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  3. [...] more quarters can TiVo continue hemorrhaging customers before it hits zero? While the company has had some success with patent litigation against service providers, that’s not really a sustainable business [...]

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  4. [...] DISH and EchoStar about DVR patents, and judges have so far sided with TiVo. Most recently, a court awarded TiVo $200 million. However, the U.S. Patent Office has cast doubts as to whether TiVo should have been awarded [...]

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  5. [...] ruling upholds a $200 million award that was granted to TiVo last fall by a federal judge in Texas. That was still much less than TiVo [...]

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  6. [...] and that it was still infringing on the patent, resulting in the court finding contempt and an award of $200 million to TiVo.  The most recent ruling is a result of the federal appeals court decision on May 14, 2010 [...]

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