Tech Giants Sued Over Cable Box Patent

Law360, New York (November 17, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Some of the biggest names in electronics, including DirecTV, Echostar, Mitsubishi, JVC, Pioneer, and Sony, have been slapped with a lawsuit by a tiny Illinois company that alleges the technology giants infringed its patent for digital set-top box satellite receivers.

The suit, filed by Orbsak LLC, claims that the companies have made billions from sales of television programming receivers that infringe a patent granted to inventor Samuel A. Kassatly in 2002 and licensed to Orbsak later that year.

According to the complaint, “all digital receivers capable...
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