The plot thickens… After taking a pound of flesh from DISH Network (with more to come?), TiVo was looking for a repeat time shifting patent infringement performance from Verizon and AT&T. But AT&T isn’t quietly acquiescing to a licensing settlement. As Microsoft, who provides the Mediaroom DVR experience to AT&T’s U-verse customers, has just filed suit against TiVo for patent infringement of their own related to:
a system that displays programmable information and a secure method for buying and delivering video programs.
It’ll be interesting to see how these two cases play out. Although, it’s likely the public won’t actually see much of anything. As I suspect TiVo, AT&T, and Microsoft will choose to skip the time and expense of protracted courtroom battles, with uncertain outcomes, by cross licensing each others intellectual property. And then moving on. Which leaves Verizon.