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Gemstar Seeks To Block Importation of STBs With Interactive Program Guides

By DMN Staff Writer
Gemstar logoGemstar-TV Guide International Inc. and its subsidiary, Starsight Telecast Inc., has filed yet another complaint with the International Trade Commission - this time against Pioneer, Scientific Atlanta, EchoStar and SCI Systems Corp., alleging illegal importation of set top boxes containing interactive program guides ("IPGs") which infringe on Gemstar's patents.

Gemstar is bringing these claims under Section 337 of the Tariff Act, which prohibits the importation into the United States of articles that infringe valid U.S. patents. Gemstar and Starsight are seeking an order from the ITC excluding the infringing IPG boxes from importation into the United States and requiring the proposed respondents to immediately cease all sales of those boxes within the United States. Gemstar is also seeking injunctive relief and other damages against the named respondents via separate U.S. federal court actions.

Currently, Gemstar has pending patent infringement suits against Pioneer, Scientific Atlanta and EchoStar in Federal District Courts. SCI Systems Corp. is a supplier of EchoStar's allegedly infringing set top boxes.

As Gemstar-TV Guide has repeatedly stated when bringing any of the raft of lawsuits against alleged violators of their patents, "Gemstar-TV Guide keeps an open licensing policy and has always been ready to offer reasonable licensing terms to accommodate licensee needs," said Jonathan Orlick, senior vice president and deputy general counsel. "However, Gemstar must enforce its intellectual property rights and will pursue all relevant legal processes."

About Gemstar - TV Guide International Inc.
Gemstar-TV Guide International is a global technology and media company focused on consumer entertainment. The company has four major business sectors: the Technology and Licensing Sector, which is responsible for the development, licensing and protection of intellectual property and technology, the Interactive Platform Sector, the Media and Services Sector, and the Investments & Holdings Sector.

Licensees and customers include AOL, AT&T, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Matsushita, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Philips, Sony, Time Warner, Thomson Multimedia, Zenith and others.

The company has more than 155 issued U.S. patents in the general area of audio-visual technologies with more than 3,800 claims, more than 190 issued foreign patents, and continues to actively pursue a worldwide intellectual property program; the company currently has more than 300 U.S. patent and more than 800 foreign patent applications pending with more than 5,000 claims.

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