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TiVo Settles with Google Over Motorola Patent Lawsuit

DVR maker has previously won more than $1 billion in settlements with Dish, Verizon and AT&T

TiVo and Google have settled the patent-infringement lawsuit the DVR company filed against Motorola Mobility, which had been set to go to trial next week.

Terms of the settlement, first reported by Bloomberg, were not immediately disclosed.

“We’re pleased that all parties involved have reached an agreement to resolve pending litigation,” Will Moss, a spokesman for Google’s Motorola Mobility unit, said in an emailed statement.

Reps for TiVo and Arris Group, which now owns the DVR and set-top division of Motorola, declined to comment.

Previously, TiVo has boasted about winning patent settlements totaling more than $1 billion in multiyear agreements with Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon Communications. TiVo owns several key patents relating to DVR functions, including the so-called “Time Warp” patent covering simultaneous storage and playback of TV programming that had been at the heart of TiVo’s seven-year litigation against Dish.

Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion last year. Then Arris, a supplier of communications equipment to cable operators, acquired Motorola Mobility’s Home business from Google for $2.35 billion earlier this year. Google retained Motorola’s mobile phone division. Under the terms of the Arris-Google deal, Arris was responsible for a maximum of $50 million in damages and royalties in connection the TiVo litigation.

TiVo has litigation pending against Time Warner Cable and Cisco Systems. The DVR company sued Motorola, TWC and Cisco last year, alleging infringement of patents including the Time Warp patent.

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