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Federal Circuit Rules for TiVo in Key DVR Case

In an important case involving “time-shifting” video recording technology, a federal appeals court has ruled that EchoStar Holding Corp. and Dish Network Corp. have been illegally using the software created by TiVo Inc.

Thursday’s decision (PDF) by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, comes as TiVo, based in California, moves forward with plans to license out its digital video recording technology, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

The Federal Circuit’s ruling affirms a Texas trial court’s decision to award TiVo $74 million in damages.

Dow Jones reports that the court did rule that EchoStar didn’t violate TiVo’s hardware patents. But that decision doesn’t have an impact on damages.

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