PAUSE TECHNOLOGY COMMENCES PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST TIVO
Boston, October 2 - Pause Technology
LLC has announced that on Tuesday, September 28th, it filed a lawsuit
against Tivo Inc, (NASDAQ:TIVO) for patent infringement. Filed in
the U.S. District Court in Boston by the law firm of Hale and Dorr
LLP, the lawsuit alleges that Tivo's personal video recorder (PVR)
infringes U.S. Reissue Patent No. 36,801, entitled "Time Delayed
Digital Video System Using Concurrent Recording and Playback." The
patent is owned by Pause Technology.
The patent relates to technology that allows viewers to pause live
TV, replay portions of a program while it is being recorded, and
fast-forward through recorded segments to "catch up" to a live broadcast
being recorded. The patent covers both video and audio systems.
The infringed patent, U.S. Patent RE 36,801, the "Pause
Patent", was originally filed in 1992 and issued in 1995. In
1996, a re-examination was requested, and on August 1, 2000 the
patent was reissued by the Patent Office with the same filing date
and additional claim coverage.
TiVo was notified on April 4th, 2000 and again on May 23, 2001
that it was infringing on the patent and an offer to discuss licensing
terms was extended.
Earlier this year, Motorola became the first company to license
the Pause Patent for its forthcoming line of PVR-enabled set-top
Pause Technology is engaged in on-going discussions with several
other potential licensees through its exclusive distributor Gotuit
Video, Inc. Licenses are being offered to manufacturers of PVRs,
set-top boxes with built-in storage, and other devices that can
record and pause live TV signals.
About Pause Technology, LLC
Pause Technology, www.pausetechnology.com,
licenses patented technology that adds value to TV set-top boxes
and personal video recorders, as well as products that record radio
broadcasts. By digitizing, compressing and storing live broadcast
programming in a mass-storage device operating under microprocessor
control, the patented systems allow listeners and viewers to pause,
rewind and replay, or skip live programming using VCR-like controls.
The system automatically captures the incoming live program from
the selected station, even when the system is replaying a previously
About Gotuit Video
Gotuit Video, Inc. www.gotuit.com,
offers enhanced services and software to manufacturers of PVRs and
their satellite and cable operator customers. The Company's flagship
product, Gotuit TV, allows viewers to index and segment the stored
programming on their PVR in order to facilitate navigation within
a program and to personalize playback. For instance, a news program
could be segmented into its component stories allowing the viewer
to skip easily from story to story or to have the system automatically
play back only the stories of interest. Gotuit is also the exclusive
marketing agent for the Pause Patent.