The latest decision in Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc.'s ongoing patent
battle with Scientific-Atlanta Inc. again sided with the set-top-box vendor.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted another
summary judgment in S-A's favor, ruling that its 'Explorer 3000' and '8600x'
set-top boxes do not infringe on two of Gemstar's
The court's ruling was based on its October 2001 'Markman' Order outlining
the terms in the patents, and it follows a summary judgment siding with S-A
regarding its 'Explorer 2000' set-top box.
It marks the latest defeat for Gemstar, which also lost a twin suit this
summer involving the same patent-infringement claim against S-A, fellow
box-maker Pioneer Cable and Communications Group and EchoStar Communications
Corp. before the International Trade Commission.
But the legal battle is far from over, with additional patent issues between
the two parties still pending before the Georgia court.