TiVo countersues Motorola Mobility, Time Warner Cable
Just after it seemed that TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) had put its frequent bouts of patent litigation behind it to focus on competition and growth, it appears there is at least one more battle still to be fought. The DVR pioneer said in an 8-K filing that it is countersuing Motorola Mobility (NYSE: MMI) and Moto set-top box customer Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) this week as response to an infringement suit Motorola previously had filed against TiVo.
The filing comes just after TiVo and Motorola had called off their dueling patent lawsuits, and not long after the DVR company had reached cash settlements with AT&T (NYSE: T) and Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH). Motorola Mobility actually is in the process of being acquired by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), and there has been much speculation that Google could end up flipping the Motorola set-top box business soon after acquiring it.
In recent days, observers also have wonder if TiVo could become a ripe takeover target, with much of its litigation behind it--and a proven track record of having benefited from its patent suits--as well as recent customer gains after years of losses.
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