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Tivo hits Comcast with new round of patent lawsuits


By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) - Corp has again sued of using its patented without authorization, the latest salvo in the companies' long-running royalty dispute.

filed lawsuits in and on Wednesday, saying Comcast's X1 video recording system infringed on patents describing functionality like pausing and resuming shows on different devices and restarting live programming in progress.

A pioneer in digital video recording technology, said on Thursday that it also planned to sue Comcast at the U.S. International Trade Commission, a government agency that can hear patent disputes and from entering the country.

Comcast said in a statement that it independently created its X1 products and that it would aggressively defend itself against the lawsuits, calling them an attempt by to make money from an "ageing and increasingly obsolete patent portfolio."

subsidiary sued Comcast in federal court in and at the ITC in April 2016 after the declined to renew a long-standing agreement to licence the company's patents. That deal, reached 13 years ago and valued at $250 million, expired in March 2016, according to a court filing.

The ITC ruled in November that Comcast's X1 platform infringed on two patents describing a system for s'1cheduling recordings through a app. The agency said four other patents were not infringed.

Comcast said it would remove the scheduling feature, which only a small percentage of customers used, so it could continue to offer X1 to customers while it appealed the ITC's ruling.

said in a November research note that the ruling could prompt Comcast to resolve the lawsuits through a new licensing agreement.

San Carlos, California-based was one of the first DVR makers but in recent years has focussed on licensing its patent portfolio.

The patents at issue in Wednesday's lawsuits were originally granted to Rovi, a provider of digital guides that merged with in 2016, and its Andover, Massachusetts-based subsidiary

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by and Richard Chang)

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 00:15 IST