Echostar Targeted In Suit Over Satellite Patent

Law360, New York (April 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Echostar Communications Corp. has been hit with a lawsuit accusing the satellite television service of infringing a patent covering a system which permits multiple viewers to view satellite broadcasting through a single antenna.

Tallahassee, Fla.-based Global Communications Inc. filed the lawsuit Monday against Echostar Communications Corp., Echostar Technologies Corp. and Echostar DBS Corp. in Texas.

At issue in the case is U.S. Patent Number 6,947,702, entitled “satellite broadcast receiving and distribution system,” which was issued to the plaintiff in September 2005.

Global Communications’ complaint said Echostar...
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