Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. lost another patent suit to EchoStar
Communications Corp. Wednesday, just two weeks after the
interactive-programming-guide provider saw the International Trade Commission
rule against it in an infringement suit it had brought against EchoStar,
Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina ruled
against Gemstar and SuperGuide, which had licensed a patent to Gemstar.
Gemstar was brought into the case as a third-party defendant in March 2001.
It also alleged that EchoStar infringed upon SuperGuide's patents.
Gemstar said it plans to appeal the decision to the Federal Circuit Court of