EchoStar Communications Corp. said late Friday that a U.S. District Court
judge in North Carolina granted its motion for summary judgment against Gemstar
Development Corp. and SuperGuide.
The court found that EchoStar did not infringe on the patents involved in
this particular litigation. EchoStar was also awarded court costs.
On July 3, Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ruled that all but two of EchoStar's
products did not infringe on the patents asserted in this case by Gemstar. In
Friday's order, Judge Thornburg ruled that the remaining two products also did
not infringe on those patents.
Spokesman Marc Lumpkin acknowledged that there is still other litigation
pending between EchoStar and Gemstar in North Carolina and Atlanta.
In late June, the International Trade Commission ruled against Gemstar and in
favor of EchoStar and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. over patents on
electronic-programming-guide technology. The full commission must weigh in on