Several sources report this morning that a federal court in Texas has ordered EchoStar to halt the use and sale of several of its digital video recorders after a jury has ruled that EchoStar infringes on a TiVo patent (US Patent No. 6,233,389, issued to TiVo in May 2001, known as the “Time Warp” patent).
EchoStar is seeking to block the permanent injunction while it launched an appeal. If the injunction remains in effect, it would require EchoStar to turn off many DVRs used by its Dish Network customers within the next 30 days.