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DirecTV loses ~$80Million Patent case

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Jun 26, 2006.

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  1. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

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    Saw this posted at www.satelliteguys.us
    http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/060626/0138941.html


    I am waiting for the case against the Patent Office...
    With all of theses cases lately... you might think they want to contract with Google or something to make their database a little easier to search.

    So you think maybe $1 per subscripition over the next few months...
    (That is just to give you an idea of how fast DirecTV could pay that off if they had to.... this is not a statement that they are increasing fees)
     
  2. Wolffpack

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    The article doesn't mention any attempt to speak with DTV to verify to offer a response. All this was is a press release from Finisar reported by Yahoo.

    The patent they mention is interesting, and I'm only guessing they are claiming DTV is violating this via transmission of their guide data. But there are two references to large databases > 50GB. I cannot imagine the DTV guide data is > 50GB. I guess it's hard to see what the violation was without more info.

    Here's a link to the verdict: http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/files/directv_verdict.pdf

    Here's some other interersting reading: http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/judge_clark_cases/index.html

    Why are all these patent cases filed in Beaumont? Wasn't this the same court Tivo sued E*?
     
  3. Richard King

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    Texas has a history of being easy on plaintiffs in patent cases and awarding large settlements. It's called jury shopping.
     
  4. walters

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    Well in this case (and Dishnetwork/TiVo), the verdict says it was willful, which means the searchability of USPTO wasn't an issue.

    Besides, who uses USPTO anyway? Use http://www.delphion.com/
     
  5. cmoss5

    cmoss5 1960'S NOSTALGIA

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    Exactly What Was The Suit About, In Laymen Terrms??
     
  6. walters

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    Guide data, and specifically how you get such massive amounts of data to client boxes using a one-way transport.
     
  7. Earl Bonovich

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    From what I gather...

    DirecTV was using a method of transmitting some data (not sure what data though).

    This method was patented by Finisar in 1991

    The jury concluded that DirecTV... knew about the patent, and disregarded it.
    Thus they decided Finisar was worthy of ~$80million
     
  8. walters

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    I really think they got claim 22 wrong, though. I can't imagine how DirecTV is using this:

     
  9. jrbdmb

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    I'm planning to patent a new invention ... it is a method of conveying information to a large audience via droplets of ink impregnated onto a piece of flat material. Multiple instances of this material can be used to convey even more information. A delivery network distributes this information to the masses.

    You may know the nickname for this invention - "newspaper".

    Once I get my patent, I'll ask for a reasonable royalty of one penny for each newspaper printed in the United States. I figure that should keep me comfortable for a while. :)
     
  10. moonman

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    D* to appeal verdict............
    DirecTV said it plans to appeal a jury verdict that found the satellite TV company infringed on a patent held by a Silicon Valley company.
    DirecTV said in a statement, "We believe the jury's verdict is wrong and represents a distortion of patent infringement law. We are confident the facts and law support our position and we will contest this decision through post-trial motions or on appeal. The jury's award was substantially less than the damages claimed by Finisar, and we believe the evidence will ultimately show there was no infringement."
     
  11. carmangary

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    I think I will sumbit a patent for a time machine and once I get approval I will require anyone who used my idea to come back in time and pay me royalties.
     
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