Goliath Comcast slain by TiVo in ITC win for intellectual property

Nov. 27, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today praised TiVo and Rovi’s victory over Comcast at the International Trade Commission for use of its patents:

“The International Trade Commission has scored a huge win for the protection of intellectual property by finding that Comcast could not ignore TiVo and Rovi’s licenses for use of their DVR services. Incredibly, Comcast simply stopped paying for those licensing fees for a critical component to their cable system’s competitiveness, daring TiVo to do something about it. Showing that intellectual property is foundational and will continue to enjoy rights protections like all other property, the International Trade Commission slammed Comcast’s money grab.

“It is important for the development of new technologies that intellectual property be respected and upheld by the federal government, and those who choose to engage in licenses to use that property meet the terms and obligations under those licenses. Comcast attempted to pull a fast one to line their pockets at the expense of those who developed a critical consumer convenience within their system and now they will have to pay the price for this botched burglary of intellectual property.”

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