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March 01, 2005

Tivo Awarded New Patents

Tivo announced that it was awarded several new patents both domestically and internationally. Among those patents were it's fast-forwarding technique of backing up a little to correct for reaction time, as well as some other user interface features unique to Tivo. Tivo also announced that it has an exclusive license for what they call the Goldwasser Patent, the earliest patent known in regards to DVR technology.

It's hard to say how much these patents are worth until they start enforcing them. From my experience with patents, if Tivo tries to enforce a patent, they'll likely go after the weakest sheep in the flock, hoping to gain a precedent that they can use against bigger companies. Since litigation is expensive, we'll see if they start pursuing it as a strategy.

Posted on March 01, 2005

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