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TiVo’s patent activities spur investor confidence

In the new round, TiVo is alleging that Comcast is infringing on patents impacting key features in X1’s next-gen UX, like voice search, pausing and resuming shows on different devices, restarting live programming from the beginning when joined in progress, advanced DVR recording and various content discovery. All of these are considered significant differentiators for the operator’s Xfinity pay-TV service. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News http://ift.tt/2Dq4isT

Comcast might have to pay TiVo after losing a patent dispute

TiVo has won an International Trade Commission dispute accusing Comcast and its hardware partners (Arris and Technicolor) of violating patents through the X1 platform’s approach to DVR recording and search. The case had originally covered six patents, but this still means Comcast could be on the hook for licensing fees if it wants to avoid a sales ban. Jon Fingas, Engadget http://ift.tt/2suJxdq

Apple Could Remove Explicit Lyrics In Your Streaming Music

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published Apple’s latest patent application on Thursday, describing how the company could manage, replace, and remove “explicit lyrics” in streaming audio. The tech giant’s application describes how the feature would replace the explicit lyrics on the fly with a simple “beep.” Apple posits it could also replace the content with a clean version of the song or silence the vocal track for the moment. – Don Reisinger, Fortune Magazine

BitTorrent Inventor Granted P2P Live Streaming Patent

photo: TorrentFreak

This week Bram Cohen’s patent for the live streaming patent was awarded (pdf). According to BitTorrent’s inventor, who still works at the company, his technology can shape the future of live broadcasts. Two years ago BitTorrent Inc. first demoed the technology in a web-based player, but this project was later discontinued. The company is now working on a new release that will come in the form of a mobile application. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Podcasts are safer after the EFF helps gut a patent troll

Personal Audio has been threatening the podcast world for a while — the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the concept of podcasting, and has insisted that some bigger productions (such as Adam Carolla’s) either cough up licensing money or face lawsuits. You may not have to worry about your favorite series going off the air in the future, though. US patent officials have nixed some of the core claims of Personal Audio’s “podcasting patent” after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) pointed out podcast-like shows that were running before the patent even existed. Some aspects of episodic online audio are just too obvious to be patentable, according to the finding. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

Rovi remains confident in Netflix case

“We remain committed to continuing to enforce our IP against Netflix until the necessary licenses are in place. Only five patents are at issue in this case, and Rovi’s licensable IP portfolio includes more than 5,000 issued patents and pending applications. Rovi has licensed this extensive patent portfolio to other leading OTT providers and is confident that Netflix also requires a license under Rovi’s patents.” – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Adam Carolla settles with podcasting patent troll, agrees to ‘quiet period’

After more than a year of litigation, podcaster and comedian Adam Carolla has reached a cease-fire with the well-known “patent troll” claiming to hold a patent that covers podcasting. Carolla was sued for patent infringement in January 2013. He responded by fighting back, raising almost $500,000 in a crowd-funded campaign. […] Personal Audio LLC, the patent company, also sued TV networks CBS, NBC, and Fox over some of their Internet video-on-demand offerings, since it believes its patent covers some types of Internet “episodic content.” […] Carolla and Personal Audio filed joint motion to dismiss on Friday, and it was approved by the judge today. The settlement terms aren’t being revealed—yet. Both sides have agreed to a “quiet period” that will last through September 30. – Joe Mullin,Ars Technica