(The Hosting News) – TiVo, the digital video recording company, is again being sued by the Microsoft Corporation. On Monday, TiVo received claims that their set-top boxes infringe on four of Microsoft’s company patents. This suit comes just after the suit filed by Microsoft in a California court over a year ago claiming seven patent infringements.
These newest claims, made in federal court in Seattle, fixate around the program time guide, remote interface, schedule grid, and program delivery system TiVo currently operates with.
Microsoft and TiVo have long been involved in a continuous dispute over technology used in digital video recording services and is only one company on a long list of legal battles revolving around the technologies these companies employ.
Microsoft has stated in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that they are in negotiations with TiVo to resolve this dispute. “We have a strong and robust patent portfolio that we will vigorously defend against infringement.” Kevin Kutz, director of public affairs at Microsoft Corp continues, “However, we remain open to resolving this situation through an intellectual property licensing agreement and we look forward to continued negotiations with TiVo.”
TiVo believes that Microsoft’s actions against them regarding copy infringement will not interfere with the companies own legal suit against the company’s customer At&T. The new lawsuit comes only five months after the legal battle between TiVo versus At&T and Verizon on the allegations to the use to three TiVo patents ties to DVR time-shifting.
The DVR company recently issued a statement recently regarding the cases between them self and At&T, “We remain confident in our position that AT&T will be found to infringe on the TiVo patents asserted.”
“Microsoft’s recent legal actions, including its decision to seek to intervene on behalf of its customer, AT&T, and its recent complaint against TiVo in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California do not bear on whether the AT&T products and services that are the subject of TiVo’s complaint infringe the patents asserted by TiVo. Rather these actions are part of a legal strategy to defend AT&T. We remain confident in our position that AT&T will be found to infringe on the TiVo patents asserted.”