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MONKEYmedia Says it Holds Patents Covering Telescoping, Various Other Interactive Technologies

--Has Set Up a "SeamlessTV Partner Program" for Licensing its Portfolio
--Signed Patent-Licensing Agreement with Microsoft back in 2006
MONKEYmedia , an Austin-based company that describes itself as "a privately held user interface design studio turned intellectual property licensing boutique," announced Monday the launch of its "SeamlessTV Partner Program" for the licensing of its portfolio of "Seamless Expansion" and "Seamless Contraction" patents. The company says that the patents include "claims directed towards telescopic video-on-demand (VOD) and other enhanced viewing experiences, and are essential to the practice of various industry-governed standards such as DVD-Video, Blu-ray...

Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Deal with Kabel Deutschland

--Deal Follows April EPG Licensing Deal between the then-Macrovision and NDS
Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ) and NDS announced Monday that Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland (KDG), has signed a license agreement for Rovi's EPG patent portfolio. The operator is licensing the patents under an agreement between Rovi and NDS that was announced in April. That agreement, which was...

USPTO Provisionally Rejects Two of TiVo's Claims in the "Time Warp" Patent

--Patent Is at Center of Litigation between TiVo and DISH Network/EchoStar
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has provisionally rejected two of the claims in TiVo 's so-called " Time Warp " patent (US #6,233,389), which is at the center of a long-running lawsuit that the company has brought against DISH Network and the latter's spin-off company, EchoStar. (Note: the judge in the case, David Folsom, recently found DISH Network and EchoStar to be in contempt of court for having continued to infringe upon the...

TiVo Launches DVR Upgrade Promotion

--DISH Wins Stay of Order Requiring it to Disable its DVR's for Infringing on TiVo Patent
TiVo has launched a promotion designed to encourage users of its DVR service to upgrade to its HD DVR. "Beginning today, July 1st, TiVo will begin providing unique offers to dedicated customers that have owned a TiVo DVR for at least one year and are ready to upgrade to an HD DVR," the company said in a statement. "TiVo encourages customers to log onto their account through tivo.com as eligible customers can save $50 or...

DISH Network Says it is Investigating Workaround Options for TiVo's "Time Warp" Patent

--However, it Concedes that Doing So May Be Impossible
In a one-sentence filing with a US federal court earlier this week, US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network , said that it is attempting to find another workaround that would enable it to avoid infringing on TiVo's so-called Time Warp Patent. The company "is investigating other potential design-around options, but at this stage, does not know whether a further design-around is even possible," the filing stated, according to a report by Bloomberg News. In a ruling...

Macrovision's EPG Lawsuit against Virgin Media to Be Heard in English High Court this Week

An EPG-related patent-infringement lawsuit, filed by the then-Gemstar-TV Guide (which is now part of Macrovision ) and its subsidiaries, StarSight Telecast and United Video Properties, against UK cable operator, Virgin Media, and its subsidiary, Virgin Media Payments, back in January, 2008, is scheduled to be heard in the English High Court this week. In its complaint, Macrovision, which claims to have over 200 issued and pending patents covering the UK, alleges that Virgin Media is...

Macrovision, NDS in Multi-Year EPG Patent-Licensing Deal

Macrovision, the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, announced Monday that it has signed a multi-year license agreement for its EPG patents with interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS. According to the company, the new agreement provides NDS with a license to the various EPG patents contained in Macrovision's Gemstar patent portfolio (note: Macrovision holds around 4,200 issued or pending patents), and allows NDS to offer licensed...

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