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TiVo seeks injunction in patent countersuit against Motorola and Time Warner

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TiVo has filed a countersuit against Motorola and its customer Time Warner, claiming that its set-top boxes infringe on three different TiVo patents.

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A little over a year after Motorola filed a patent suit against TiVo, the set-top box provider is now seeking damages and an injunction in a countersuit, claiming that Motorola's set-top boxes infringe on some of its own patents. The suit alleges that Motorola has infringed on three different TiVo-owned patents, which include a "multimedia time warping system" (a part of the infamously lengthy patent suit between TiVo and EchoStar), a "system for time shifting multimedia content streams," and a "method and apparatus implementing random access and time-based functions on a continuous stream of formatted digital data." The suit not only goes after Motorola, but also Time Warner Cable, one of its set-top box customers. Of course, TiVo is no stranger to patent-related disagreements — last week the company settled a year-long dispute with Microsoft, while earlier in the year it received a $215 million settlement from AT&T. We've had a chance to look at the suit and TiVo is seeking damages that are described as "yet to be determined": the company claims that the patents are still being infringed upon, leading to damages that will continue to increase unless an injunction is issued.