TiVo wins Pause Technology patent suit

Richard Shim Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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Digital video recording service company TiVo announced Tuesday that it received a favorable ruling in a brought against it by Pause Technology in 2001. Judge Patti Saris of the District of Massachusetts ruled TiVo does not infringe on Pause's patent, according to San Jose, Calif.-based TiVo. Pause's patent covered the pausing of live television, replaying portions of a program while it is being recorded, and fast-forwarding through recorded segments to "catch up" to a live broadcast being recorded. Pause said it first contacted TiVo about the infringement in April 2000 and then again in May 2001.

TiVo plans to file a motion requiring Pause to pay all of TiVo's attorney's fees and costs.