DVR maker Tivo Corp. is suing cable operator Comcast for using its patented interactive programming technology without authorization, again. The first lawsuits occurred in November 2016, with the ITC ruling that Comcast’s X1 breached two Tivo patents describing a system for scheduling recordings through a smart phone app. Comcast has since pulled the scheduling feature out of its X1 platform so customers can keep using the platform while it appealed the ruling.
The lawsuits were filed on Wednesday in Boston and Los Angeles over Comcast’s X1 video recording system breaching functionality patents such as pausing and resuming shows on different devices and restarting live programing in progress. Despite these allegations, Comcast claims that their X1 products were created independently and that the company will be defending itself heavily against Tivo. Comcast also said the lawsuits are just attempts by Tivo to make extra money from an “aging and increasingly obsolete patent portfolio.”
Tivo Corp. is also planning to file lawsuits against Comcast at the U.S. International Trade Commision (ITC). The U.S. ITC is a government agency that handles patent disputes and bans products violating patents from entering the country.
Sterling Auty, an analyst for JP Morgan said in a November that the ITC’s ruling could induce Comcast to resolve the lawsuits through a new licensing agreement.