Gemstar, Thomson Strike Pact, Settle Suit


Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. continued its legal fence-mending
efforts, announcing that it had reached a multiyear licensing agreement with
Thomson Consumer Electronics that settles a long-standing legal tiff between the

Under the licensing agreement, Gemstar's interactive programming guide can be
used in the French electronics maker's RCA-brand television sets and digital
set-top boxes, among other products.

It also includes a patent license allowing Thomson to continue using
Gemstar-TV Guide technology in its North American satellite receivers.

Thomson will pay license fees to Gemstar based on the units sold with the
technology built in. There are no minimum-commitment clauses in the pact.

The agreement follows on the heels of a deal struck with TiVo Inc. earlier
this week to settle a similar legal row over IPG-patent technology.

Once suit-happy when it came to protecting its intellectual property,
Gemstar-TV Guide has in the past year changed its stance toward cooperating with
interactive-TV and electronics players under new CEO Jeff