EchoStar communications has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against digital video recorder company TiVo and electronics maker Humax. The suit, filed on April 29 in U.S. district court in Texas, alleges that TiVo and Humax infringe on four EchoStar patents related to DVR technology.
Well, I’m completely not shocked by this. Standard practice when defending against a patent lawsuit – you dig through your own patents and try to find some you can accuse the other party of violating. TiVo and ReplayTV did this years ago – they ended up settling with a mutual licensing agreement.