Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) has filed a complaint against
TiVo (NASD: TIVO) with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), alleging that video
purchase and delivery technology used in the company’s digital video recorders
infringes on four Microsoft patents.

The move follows a patent infringement
suit Microsoft filed against TiVo a month ago, and seeks a ban on import of
TiVo’s devices from their foreign manufacturers.

"We remain open to
resolving this situation through an intellectual property licensing agreement,
and we look forward to continued negotiations with TiVo," Microsoft said
in a statement.

When contacted by CNET, TiVo said it had not yet seen the USITC
complaint and had no comment.


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