[mythtv-users] Patents again

Brian May brian at unearthed.org
Wed Apr 13 16:08:00 UTC 2005

Joseph A. Caputo wrote:
> On Saturday 09 April 2005 13:12, Colin Smillie wrote:
>>On Apr 8, 2005 3:13 PM, Robert Johnston <anaerin at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>Patent No. 6,674,960 (The one in question, which relates to
> recording
>>>to a hard-drive) was filed in 2002, that's 10 years after Hauppauge
>>>make a system for doing so. Therefore Patent No. 6,674,960 is moot
>>>under the terms of "Prior Art", if I recall correctly.
>>Not quite a mute point, the patent would still need to be over turned.
>> Last I heard the average cost to over turn a patent was somewhere
>>around $2M in legal fees, in most cases not replayable. It alot of
>>smaller companies will be forced to pay a settlement rather than
> ...but there are some big players now in the DVR market.  It might be
> worth it for a big player like Comcast to get the patent overturned.

Like Microsoft and their Media Center?  (i don't think Forgent is part
of MS, but I could be wrong..)
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