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January 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Microsoft sues Tivo over patents

Microsoft has sued Tivo, claiming the Alviso, Calif., seller of digital video recorders infringed on patents for Microsoft’s set-top boxes and subscription service.

Microsoft filed a complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court of North Carolina alleging Tivo had infringed on its ‘803 patent and ‘314 patent. The ‘803 patent covers a system for displaying programming information. The ‘314 patent details a system to buy and deliver video.

“We remain open to resolving this situation through an intellectual property licensing agreement, and we have initiated discussions to engage TiVo in negotiations,” Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz said in a statement. The company is seeking damages and a jury trial.

Tivo said in a statement that Microsoft’s lawsuit is an attempt to distract attention from Tivo’s lawsuit against AT&T. “These actions are part of a legal strategy to defend AT&T,” the statement said.

Tivo sued AT&T and Verizon in August for patent infringement, including one that covered the pause and rewind feature. Here is an earlier story on that.

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