EchoStar wins another round in patent fight


While several MSOs and DirecTV agreed to pay Forgent 28 million bucks to avoid going to trial in a patent dispute, EchoStar is celebrating anew the fact that it didn't buckle and fought the claim in court. Back in May it won a ruling that the patent relating to simultaneous recording and playback with DVRs was invalid (5/23/07 TVBR #101). Now EchoStar has won another round, with a federal judge in Texas refusing to throw out the jury verdict and order a new trial. And he ordered Forgent to pay EchoStar 90K for its court costs.