Finisar Patent Claims Nixed In Suit Against DirecTV

Law360, New York (May 19, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A district court ruled Tuesday that five patent claims asserted by Finisar Corp. against satellite television company DirecTV Group Inc. in a patent suit over technology used in electronic programming guides are invalid, about a year after an appeals court reversed a $78.9 million jury verdict for Finisar.

Judge Ron Clark of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled that all of the patent claims asserted by Finisar were invalid because they were anticipated by a 1983 textbook on the architecture of...
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