TiVo discloses the news in a brief SEC filing this morning. The agreement, reached yesterday, ends Microsoft’s suits in Northern California’s U.S. District Court against TiVo. The computer giant claimed that the DVRs violate Microsoft patents. Microsoft also dismissed its effort based on the same arguments to persuade the U.S. International Trade Commission to block TiVo from importing its DVRs manufactured overseas. And TiVo dropped its countersuits against Microsoft. “No patent rights were granted to Microsoft by TiVo,” the company says. But don’t be surprised if that’s the next step. In December the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent for Microsoft to include a DVR in its Xbox gaming console, Japanese website Kotaku reported a few months ago. The new settlement appears to continue TiVo’s winning streak in defending its patents — which is now the cornerstone of its business plan based on licensing its user interface and features. In January AT&T agreed to license TiVo’s technology for at least $215M, ending TiVo’s patent infringement suit. That followed its precedent-setting victory last year over Dish Network, which agreed to pay $500M to settle.
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