SOFTWARE king of the world Microsoft is suing the telly outfit Tivo for nicking some of its ideas, again.
According to Reuters Microsoft thinks features in Tivo's set-top boxes infringe four of the operating system giant's patents. Apparently the claims centre on TiVo's program time guide, schedule grid, remote interface and program delivery system.
It is the second wave of cases that the Vole has against Tivo. Last year Microsoft sued Tivo in a California court claiming seven separate counts of patent infringement.
The pair have been slugging it out in the courtrooms in a long-running dispute over technology used in digital video recording services. It does seem however that the new court cases are designed to give Tivo a chinese burn until it says "uncle".
Microsoft said it and Tivo are in negotiations to resolve the dispute, which means the new charges are just to increase the pressure.
Kevin Kutz, director of public affairs at Microsoft bragged about his "strong and robust" patent portfolio that he would "vigorously" defend against infringement. We guess he has a bulky dossier for a lawyer and he is proud of it.
Tivo has not said anything, freudian or otherwise. µ
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