Lawyers Hope TiVo Case Clarifies IP Contempt Rules

Law360, New York (November 8, 2010, 2:37 PM EST) -- With oral arguments Tuesday in the en banc rehearing of a bitterly fought patent dispute between TiVo Inc. and EchoStar Corp. over digital video recording technology, lawyers say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has a chance to clarify the standards for using contempt proceedings — rather than a new trial — when a redesigned product is accused of infringement.

The case involves a fairly uncommon set of circumstances, as most cases settle long before contempt becomes an issue, but it raises important...
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