TiVo countersues Cisco over DVR patents

Response to last week's Cisco suit seeking to void TiVo patents

TiVo has countersued Cisco in a DVR patent dispute after Cisco sued last week to invalidate the patents TiVo is seeking to enforce.

Cisco seeks to have four DVR patents voided that TiVo claims it owns and that Cisco and its customers may be infringing on. TiVo is looking to have the patents upheld and has also asked a federal court in Texas to order Cisco to pay compensatory damages to TiVo, according to Reuters.

TiVo sells its own set-top boxes and licenses technology to cable TV operators.

TiVo is already fighting patent lawsuits against a number of companies that bought DVRs from Cisco, which it sells through its Scientific Atlanta division to TV service providers, including AT&T. In January, TiVo settled a patent lawsuit with AT&T after AT&T agreed to pay the company at least $215 million as well as monthly licensing fees, according to Reuters.

In its suit, Cisco said TiVo is also alleging the Cisco customer Verizon is infringing on the patents.

Cisco says TiVo has resisted granting a broad license to its technology because it would rather gain revenue from settling infringement lawsuits.

"Cisco's suit against TiVo is an effort to defend our DVR products and our customers against TiVo's aggressive strategy of wrongfully asserting its patent claims," a Cisco spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement to Network World

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